A scientist who was on the “verge of making very significant findings toward understanding” the coronavirus, 37-year-old Bing Liu, has been shot dead on Saturday.
Liu served a research assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He died as a result of assailant shooting him in his home own home in Pittsburgh. According to reports, the scientist certainly knew his killer – a man who walked to his car after the shooting and killed himself.
Authorities have identified the man as 46-year-old Hao Gu.
Ross Township Detective Brian Kohlhepp said that the police do not believe that the relationship between Liu and Gu had anything to do with the former’s research on the virus.
Bing Liu’s Contributions
37-year-old Pittsburgh coronavirus researcher Bing Liu was found dead in his Elm Court home after a suspected murder-suicide. https://t.co/SWZMyuI9bE
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According to Fox News, Liu’s “research centers on computational systems biology, and apparently his coronavirus research was leading to breakthroughs.”
“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’s biology department in a statement. “We will make an effort to complete what he started in an effort to pay homage to his scientific excellence.”
The incident happened around noon. Also, reports say Liu had gunshot wounds to his head, neck, and torso. However, authorities have yet to release a possible motive for the incident.
“He has been contributing to several scientific projects, publishing in high-profile journals,” said Ivet Bahar, the head of Liu’s department. “He was someone whom we all liked very much, a very gentle, very helpful, kind person, very generous,” she then mentioned.
“We are all shocked to learn what happened to him. This was very unexpected,” she also added.