Mystery as coronavirus researcher, 37, on the eve of “significant discoveries” killed in suicide murder

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Dr. Bing Liu, 37, coronavirus researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, was shot dead in an alleged murder-suicide committed by a man he knew

Dr. Bing Liu, 37, a coronavirus researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, was shot dead in an alleged murder-suicide committed by a man he knew

A well-respected researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is believed to have been on the verge of “very significant discoveries” related to the coronavirus when police say he was killed in an apparent suicide murder.

Dr. Bing Liu, 37, was alone at home in Block 200 of Elm Court in Ross County on Saturday afternoon when another man – identified as Hao Gu, 46 – allegedly entered the residence by an unlocked door and opened fire.

Liu was shot in the head, neck and torso and died from his injuries.

His wife was not home at the time of the homicide, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The couple have no children.

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

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Liu was at home in Ross Township (photo) Saturday afternoon when a man walked through an unlocked door and shot him several times in the head, neck and torso

Liu was at home in Ross Township (photo) Saturday afternoon when a man walked through an unlocked door and shot him in the head, neck and torso several times

According to the police, Liu and Gu knew each other before the murder-suicide, but they did not specify the nature of their relationship, nor speculate on a motive.

Nothing was reported missing from Liu’s home, and police said there was no danger to the public, KDKA reported.

Liu was an assistant research professor in the Department of Computational and Systemic Biology at UPMC, according to a statement from his employer announcing his untimely death.

“Bing was about to make some very important discoveries to understand the cellular mechanisms that underlie SARS-CoV-2 [COVID-19] infection and cell base of the following complications, “the statement said. “We will make an effort to complete what he started in an effort to pay tribute to his scientific excellence. “

Liu's supervisor (photo) in the department of computational biology and systems of the UPMC said that he was starting to obtain interesting results concerning COVID-19

Liu’s supervisor (photo) in the Department of Computational Biology and Systems at UPMC said he was starting to get some interesting results for COVID-19

Liu, a native of China, received his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in computer science from the National University of Singapore, then did his postdoctoral studies at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

“Dr. Bing Liu was an outstanding researcher, who has won the respect and appreciation of many colleagues in the field, and has made a unique contribution to science, “said the statement.

He joined UPMC six years ago and has co-authored a book and over 30 publications, building a reputation as a prolific researcher and renowned mentor among his young colleagues.

Dr. Ivet Bahar, head of the Department of Computational and Systems Biology, told the Post-Gazette that Liu had only recently started researching COVID-19 and “was just starting to get some interesting results.”

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

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