Bing Liu, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh was shot and killed in an apparent murder-suicide over the weekend according to the police.
Bing Liu was a research assistant professor who was on the verge of making “very significant findings” researching COVID-19, according to the university.
According to the Ross Police Department, he was found in his townhouse Saturday with gunshot wounds to the head, neck, torso and extremities.
Investigators believe that Liu was killed by an unidentified second man, Hao Gu, 46 who was also found dead in his car. According to the investigators, Hao shot and killed Liu in his home before returning to his car and taking his own life, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Police believe the lads knew one another, but say there’s “zero indication that there was targeting thanks to his (Liu) being Chinese,” consistent with Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp, the CNN reported.
In a press release issued by the university which said that they are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Bing Liu, a prolific researcher and admired colleague at Pitt. It further said that the University extends its deepest sympathies to Liu’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.
Liu’s colleagues at the university’s Department of Computational and Systems Biology said during a statement that he was on the verge of creating very significant findings toward understanding the cellular mechanisms that underlie SARS-CoV-2 infection and therefore the cellular basis of the subsequent complications.
“He was a talented individual, extremely intelligent and hard-working,” said Ivet Bahar, the top of the computational and system department of biology in Pitt’s School of Drugs.
Bing was a former colleague of the university’s School of drugs and they describe him as an impressive researcher and mentor, and they have pledged to finish Liu’s research “in an attempt to pay homage to his scientific excellence.”
Liu worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University before becoming a search associate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He had earned a Ph.D. in computational science from the National University of Singapore,
The deadly coronavirus which originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan has infected over 3.67 million people and killed 258,051 people globally, consistent with a tally by Johns Hopkins University.