- A Chinese professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the US, Bing Liu, has been killed
- According to the university, Liu who was a research assistant professor was researching on Covid-19 before he was killed
- Investigations revealed Liu was killed by an unidentified man who also killed himself afterwards
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A Chinese professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Bing Liu, who was researching the new coronavirus pandemic has been killed in the United States.
CNN reports that the University of Pittsburgh said Liu who was a research assistant professor was on the verge of making "very significant findings" on Covid-19 before his death.
Legit.ng gathers that Professor Liu was found in his house on Saturday, May 2, with gunshot wounds.
According to investigations, a yet-to-be-identified second man, who was found dead in his car, was believed to have shot and killed Liu in his home before returning to his car and taking his own life too.
The police believed the two dead men knew each other but said there was nothing to indicate that Liu was targeted due to being Chinese.
The university said it was "deeply saddened by the tragic death of Bing Liu, a prolific researcher" and condoled with his family, friends and colleagues.
"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 at the university said.
Members of the university's School of Medicine describe the deceased as an outstanding researcher and mentor.
They have also pledged to complete his research "in an effort to pay homage to his scientific excellence."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Donald Trump claimed he had seen evidence that gave him a "high degree of confidence" the novel coronavirus originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
The US president who made the allegation on Thursday, April 30, however, declined to provide details to substantiate his claim.
Trump's claim contradicted a statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
In another report, President Trump on Tuesday, April 28, called President Muhammadu Buhari to express solidarity with Nigeria over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister of information, Lai Mohammed, at a briefing in Abuja said the US president promised to send across ventilators to Nigeria.
A presidential aide, Tolu Ogulesi also disclosed that the conversation between both leaders focused on Nigeria’s COVID-19 response.
He said the telephone call occurred at the request of President Trump.
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