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Coronavirus Researcher On Verge Of ‘Significant Findings’ Killed In Murder-Suicide

Coronavirus Researcher On Verge Of 'Significant Findings' Killed In Murder-Suicide

Police in Pittsburgh believe Hao Gu, 46, shot and killed UPMC researcher Dr. Bing Liu, 37, before turning the gun on himself.

Well-respected University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researcher Dr. Bing Liu was said to have been on the verge of ‘very significant findings’ related to the coronavirus when police say he was killed in an apparent murder-suicide.

Dr. Bing Liu, 37, was alone at his home in the 200 block of Elm Court in Ross Township on Saturday afternoon when another man – identified as 46-year-old Hao Gu – allegedly entered the residence through an unlocked door and opened fire. 

Dr Bing Liu, 37, a coronavirus researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, was shot and killed in a suspected murder-suicide allegedly carried out by a man he knew
Dr Bing Liu, 37, was a coronavirus researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Liu was struck by bullets in the head, neck, and torso, and died of his injuries. 

His wife was not home at the time of the homicide, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The couple does not have children.  

Police said Gu then returned to his car parked 100 yards away at Charlemagne Circle and turned the gun on himself. 

According to police, Liu and Gu knew each other prior to the murder-suicide, but they would not elaborate on the nature of their relationship or speculate about a motive.

According to police, Liu and Gu knew each other prior to the murder-suicide, but they would not elaborate on the nature of their relationship or speculate about a motive.

Liu, a native of China, earned his Bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science at the National University of Singapore and then did his postdoctoral studies at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

‘Dr. Bing Liu was an outstanding researcher, who has earned the respect and appreciation of many colleagues in the field, and made unique contributions to science,’ the statement said.

He joined UPMC six years ago and went on to co-author a book and more than 30 publications, earning a reputation as a prolific researcher and well-regarded mentor to younger colleagues.

Dr. Ivet Bahar, head of the Computational and Systems Biology Department, told the Post-Gazette that Liu had only recently begun researching COVID-19 and ‘was just starting to obtain interesting results’.

Liu is survived by his wife and parents, who still live in China.

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