Researcher ‘on verge of making ‘significant’ coronavirus findings shot to death

A medical researcher, Bing Liuwho was on the “verge of making very significant” coronavirus findings was found shot to death in Pennsylvania.

Liu, 37, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was found dead inside a home in Ross Township, north of Pittsburgh, after he was shot in the head and the neck, the Allegheny County medical examiner said.

An hour after Liu’s body was discovered, a second person, Hao Gu, 46, was found dead inside a car less than a mile away, the agency said.

Ross Township police Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp told NBC News that the men knew each other.

Investigators believe Gu killed Liu before returning to his car, where he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In a statement, the University of Pittsburgh described him as an excellent mentor and prolific researcher who had co-authored more than 30 papers. His work focused on systems biology.

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