A Chinese professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the United States said he was on the verge of "very significant discoveries" related to coronavirus was murdered at his residence on Saturday, May 2.
Dr. Bing Liu, 37 had started researching and were starting to get "interesting results", before the unfortunate incident happened, a state tabloid had reported
He died of injuries after being hit by bullets in the head, neck and torso.
The alleged attacker Hao Gu, 46, who is believed to be an acquaintance of the deceased, would have access to the Liu Elm Court mansion through an unlocked door and opened fire.
According to police, Gu returned to the car parked a few meters from Liu's residence and opened fire on himself when self-inflicted gunshot wounds were found.
The school mourned the loss in a statement describing the deceased as a "notable" and "prolific" researcher.
"Bing was about to make very significant discoveries to understand the cellular mechanisms underlying SARS-CoV-2 infection and the cellular basis for the following complication"
“The University of Pittsburgh is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Bing Liu, a prolific researcher and fellow admired at Pitt. The University extends our deepest sympathies to Liu's family, friends and colleagues during this difficult period. ”The statement said.
Dr. Ivert Bahar, Head of the Department of Computational and Systems Biology where Liu worked, said that the husband and the author "were sharing and trying to understand the mechanism of the infection".
"We hope to continue what he was doing." Ivert added.
In the meantime, the police are still speculating on the motive behind what he called "murder suicide".
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