Sadly, this is not an April Fools joke in bad taste. Yihong Peng, Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng’s older brother, attacked mother Weiping Shen and father Goujun last Saturday, 31 March, in his home in San Juan Capistrano, California. When the police arrived at the scene, Yihong Peng was reportedly standing in the street with a bloody knife in his hand and afterwards tried to flee the crime scene, unsuccessfully. When the police entered the home, they found the dead body of the mother, and the father – seriously injured.
This news was confirmed by Doublelift himself via TwitLonger. He admitted that he is still processing this sudden tragedy in his life, and confirmed that he is going to meet his father and his older brother. This is not the first time Doublelift’s family has come up. Peter, as Team Liquid’s star AD Carry is also known, left his home at the early age of 16. He mentioned his relationship with his parents several times during streams and interviews, and didn’t make up with them up until about two years ago.
It is yet unclear how this accident will affect Doublelift’s performance. His team, Team Liquid, is playing 100 Thieves in the NA LCS Final this Sunday, 8 April. This is the first time Liquid has qualified for the NA LCS Final, and such bad news is sure to put a lot of pressure on the team. It is uncertain whether Doublelift will be playing in this final, or his mental state would keep him off the rift.
The community has gathered to show their support for Doublelift. On Twitter, Kevin ‘Hauntzer’ Yarnell, Christian ‘IWDominate’ Rivera, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Riot Games co-founder Marc Merrill himself, amongst many others, have offered help. Team Liquid’s owner, Steve ‘LiQuiD112’ Arhancet also stated that he has taken up this matter personally and is making sure Doublelift gets the proper assistance and support.
From the team here at eSports.com: We offer our prayers and condolences to you and your family, Peter!