(PatriotHeadline.Com)- A 37-year-old researcher was found dead in his home in a suspected murder-suicide over the weekend, prompting questions about possible motives related to his work studying the Chinese coronavirus.
Pittsburgh resident Bing Liu was found dead in his home in Elm Court on Saturday. He was understood to be researching the nature of the Chinese coronavirus, how it works, and how it could be tackled.
Liu was discovered with gunshot wounds in his torso, neck, and head. In the same neighbourhood, an associate of Liu was also found dead in his car, in what appears to have been a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Authorities suggest that Liu was murdered before his associate shot himself in the head, though other details surrounding the murder are still unknown.
Officers from the Ross Police Department said that Lou, who was also a professor at the University of Professor, does not appear to have been targeted as a result of his Chinese ethnicity.
His university released a statement expressing their sadness upon hearing the news, saying the institution 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.
His teammates at the Department of Computation and Systems Biology also explained how he was close to revealing important information about the virus. Liu co-authored one book and over 30 publications throughout his career and his known for his prolific research work.
“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,” they said.
37-year-old Liu reportedly knew his killer, but the police did not elaborate on how they knew each other. Liu’s home was not robbed, and the police also said there was no danger to the public. The attack appears to have been pre-meditated.
Liu was discovered by his wife, who was not at home when the murder took place.