Researcher ‘on verge of making very significant’ COVID-19 Discoveries Was Victim Of Murder-Suicide
A medical scientist who was believed to have been on the “verge of making very significant” COVID-19 discoveries was found dead after being shot during the weekend in Pennsylvania, according to officials.
37-year-old Bing Liu, who was a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, passed away last Saturday in his home in Ross Township, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner.
The agency said that he was shot in the head and neck.
Shot to death.
A medical researcher on the "verge of making very significant" coronavirus findings was found shot to death over the weekend in Pennsylvania, officials said.
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One hour after his body was found, another person named Hao Gu, 46, was also found dead in a car not even a mile away, according to the agency.
Detective Sergeant Brian Kohlhepp of the Ross Township Police revealed to the Associated Press that the two men “appeared to be connected beyond their proximity to each other.”
The police department later determined that the man who shot Mr. Liu was, in fact, Mr. Hu and that he later committed suicide, but declined to release further information about how they came to that conclusion.
Mr. Liu, who has a Ph.D. in computational science from the National University of Singapore, had worked at Carnegie Mellon University as a postdoctoral fellow before starting to work as a research associate for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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The University of Pittsburg made a statement in which they praised Liu as a great mentor professional researcher who had more than 30 co-authored papers behind him. His specialty was systems biology.
“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 said. “We will make an effort to complete what he started in an effort to pay homage to his scientific excellence.”
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