Professor fatally stabbed on USC campus

2016-12-03 19:01
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Los Angeles - A student stabbed a psychology professor to death on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles on Friday in what was a personal dispute, authorities said.

Los Angeles Police Officer Meghan Aguilar said the professor was killed inside the Seeley G Mudd building in the heart of campus. A student was arrested in connection with his death but his name was not released.

Aguilar said the student's name would be released after he was booked.

USC President CL Max Nikias identified the professor killed as Bosco Tjan in a letter addressed to the USC community.

Tjan joined USC in 2001, taught in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and served as co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuro-imaging Centre, Nikias said.

The USC Department of Public Safety said in a statement that investigators believe the attack was not random and "was the result of a personal dispute."

Chris Purington, project manager at Tjan's lab, said he never heard of anyone having a problem with Tjan - a married father of one son listed in public records as 50 years old - and had no idea who would have wanted him dead.

USC was rocked last year by the beating death of graduate student Xinran Ji, who was attacked and beaten by several people as he walked back to his off-campus apartment late at night after attending a study session.
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