University of Pittsburgh Researcher on the Verge of SARS-CoV-2 Findings Murdered

May 6, 2020 | Coronavirus, COVID-19, Crime, Researcher, University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh Researcher on the Verge of SARS-CoV-2 Findings Murdered

A researcher with University of Pittsburgh in pursuit of a COVID-19 therapy on the verge of “making very significant findings” related to SARS-CoV-2 was found dead as the result of an apparent murder-suicide. Dr. Bing Liu was found dead at home with gunshot wounds to the head, neck and torso. Investigators believe the researcher’s death was a homicide. The named suspect, now dead, was an AI computer software specialist originally trained at China’s Tongji University.

Who was Dr. Bing Liu?

A researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine was, according to his department’s website, “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.”

According to Heavy.com, Liu had authored a book and produced over 30 publications—he was described as patient and mature. He earned his PhD from the National University of Singapore in computational science and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University prior to landing the research associate position at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Second Man Found Dead

Hao Gu, was also found dead in his car in the area. He apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Apparently, Gu knew Dr. Bing Liu. The authorities are piecing together a story that Gu murdered Dr. Liu and then took his own life. Strangely, Mr. Gu appeared to be very stable with sophisticated software-related degrees from Tongji University in China. He came to American to study a master’s in computer science at East Tennessee State University and has worked at the Eaton Corporation for 16 years. Why would he suddenly get violent?

Ross Township authorities are investigating the situation and motives for the crime. They don’t believe that the crime has any association with his work.

Comment

TrialSite News will investigate this situation to explore why such a promising young researcher’s life would be taken, something that is a true tragedy and also a bit odd. Dr. Liu would seemed to be the kind of person that would keep away from volatile situations. This story merits further investigation.

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