The University of Southern California was in shock when two graduate students
were shot and killed about a mile from campus. M.Q. and Y.W., both aged
23, were sitting in a BMW when an unknown individual came and shot them
both. Possible motives could be carjacking or robbery as some items were
missing, but police do not yet know why exactly they were killed. M.Q.
was shot several times, including in the head, but he was still able to
get out of the car and run to a neighbor's home. The other victim
was shot once in the chest.
Both of these graduate students had left Beijing one year ago to work on
earning a master's degree in electrical engineering and they were
both set to graduate in December. The crime rate in the neighborhoods
surrounding USC is high. Even though the rate is 20% down this year, it
is still a dangerous area to live. Students wonder if there is more that
authorities can do to protect them from the many gangs in the area, such
as allowing campus police to patrol the area.
This is not the first killing to occur in the area. The last murder was
in 2008 when another 23-year-old student was stabbed. As authorities are
still investigating this incident, they have offered a $125,000 reward
for anyone who has information regarding the incident or who the killer
was. So far, the only theories are speculations, and they are still unsure
of exactly why these students were killed.
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