Chinese American Researcher on the Verge of Major COVID-19 Breakthrough Shot Dead

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SWITZERLAND, MAY 07 – A Chinese American Professor who was on the verge of a major breakthrough on the COVID-19 pandemic has been shot dead in Pittsburgh, United States, sparking a renewed focus on the US vs China sentiments on the COVID-19.

Officials in both countries have accused each other of complicity in the process that led to the global pandemic currently ravaging the world.

Media sources say Bing Liu, a research assistant professor at the University of Pitsburgh was found in his townhouse Saturday with gunshot wounds to the head, neck, torso and extremities.

One hour after discovering Liu’s body, annother man of Chinese descent, 46-year-old Hao Gu, was found dead in a vehicle less than a mile away.

Investigators believe the second man 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.”

“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.

Liu earned a Ph.D. in computational science from the National University of Singapore, studied as a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University and went on to become a research associate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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