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Professor Researching COVID-19 Was Killed In Apparent Murder Suicide

A university researcher who was making significant strides in his COVID-19 research was gunned down last weekend. According to police, Bing Liu was shot in his townhouse in an apparent murder-suicide.

The pandemic has changed everything.

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Everyday life will be different for the foreseeable future as humanity waits on the development of a vaccine. Until then, we're all likely to be practicing social distancing.

Lots of research is underway.

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Several possible vaccines are already being tested. Meanwhile, medical researchers around the world are working around the clock to improve our knowledge of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus.

One such researcher was Bing Liu.

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Liu, a research assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, lived in Pittsburgh after relocating from his native China. He'd been working on COVID-19 research at the time of his death.

He was on the verge of something "significant."

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"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 wrote in a statement.

So what happened?

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According to police, Liu was found dead in his home with gunshot wounds to his head, neck, torso and extremities.

A second body, that of the likely gunman, was found in a car outside.

Is there a motive?

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Detective Sergeant Brian Kohlhepp said Liu and the assailant likely knew each other, but there was "zero indication that there was targeting due to his (Liu) being Chinese."

It's a strange story.

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From all accounts, Liu was an unassuming researcher who was well-liked by his colleagues. Police haven't released any further details on how he may have known his killer.

Rest in peace, Dr. Liu.

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While there's lots of ongoing COVID-19 research right now, it's a shame that such a talented researcher has lost his life.

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