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Professor on verge of ‘breakthrough’ on COVID-19 research killed in suspicious murder-suicide

Professor Bing Liu. Credit: University of Pittsburgh.

A University of Pittsburgh professor was killed in a murder-suicide over the weekend- right as the researcher was apparently on the verge of making “very significant findings” in regards to the coronavirus.

The  professor, identified as Bing Liu, was found in his residence on Saturday with gunshot wounds to the head, neck, torso and extremities.

The Ross Police Department report that they found a second body, who they believe killed Liu before going to his car and apparently committed suicide.

The suspect has been identified as 46-year old Hao Gu. It is not known at this time why Gu killed Liu and furthermore why he would then kill himself.

According to CNN, authorities say the two men likely knew each other.

The university released a public statement, saying that the institution is “deeply saddened by the tragic death of Bing Liu, a prolific researcher and admired colleague at Pitt.”

“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,” his colleagues at the university’s Department of Computational and Systems Biology said in a statement.

The investigation is ongoing.

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