Bing Liu, 37, a researcher for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who was on the verge of discovering the cure to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been killed.
The late was found dead in Ross Township, north of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner said. He was shot at the neck and head.
It is shocking that as soon as Bing’s body was found an hour later Hao Gu, 46, was found dead inside a car less than a mile away. The motive to the death of the two is not known but police believes that their deaths are connected.
Investigators believe an unidentified second man, who was found dead in his car, shot and killed Liu in his home before returning to his car and taking his own life.
Police believe the men knew each other, but say there is “zero indication that there was targeting due to his (Liu) being Chinese,” according to Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp.
The university issued a statement saying it is “deeply saddened by the tragic death of Bing Liu, a prolific researcher and admired colleague at Pitt. The University extends our deepest sympathies to Liu’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”
In a statement the University of Pittsburgh said “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, We will make an effort to complete what he started in an effort to pay homage to his scientific excellence.”