dr. Bing Liu
Dr. Bing Liu

University of Pittsburgh researcher studying coronavirus killed in apparent murder-suicide

A University of Pittsburgh researcher was shot dead in an apparent murder-suicide. 37-year-old Dr. Bing Liu was found dead in his home on Elm Court in Ross Township in Pennsylvania on Saturday, May 2nd, reports CBS Pittsburgh. He had gunshot wounds to his head, neck, and torso. He was studying the coronavirus and his department said he was making “very significant findings.”

“Bing was on the verge of making very significant findings toward understanding the cellular mechanisms that underlie SARS-CoV-2 infection and the cellular basis of the following complications,” the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine said. “… His loss will be felt throughout the entire scientific community. Please keep his family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts. Thank you.”

Police also found a man dead in his car near Liu’s house on Charlemagne Circle. He was found with what police believe to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. According to the Post-Gazette, the man was identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office as Hao Gu, 45. Police believe Gu shot Liu then drove 100 yards away and killed himself.

Police did not reveal a motive for the crime but said that the two men knew each other. Investigators are looking into if there was any sort of confrontation between the two men before the shooting. Mr. Liu’s house was not ransacked, according to police.

Bing Liu was born in China and moved to Singapore for his doctorate before immigrating to the United States. He moved to Pittsburgh six years ago to work at Pitt’s School of Medicine. He was married but had no children. His wife was not home during the time of the shooting.

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