A USC Professor was fatally stabbed by student of Friday evening.
Los Angeles’s Police Department recently declared that a suspect was identified and arrested in the case of a fatal stabbing which took place on Friday Night of the University of Southern California’s campus.
According to Meghan Aguilar, the LAPD Detective in charge of this investigation, on Friday evening, at approximately 7:30 pm, a person on the campus dialed the emergency service. The person, yet to be identified, declared that he discovered the body of a 25-years old Caucasian male who had multiple stab wounds.
Minutes later, the Los Angeles Police Department and Fire Department arrived on the scene. The paramedics tried to resuscitate the 25-years old victim, but his wounds were too severe, and he was pronounced dead.
The LAPD immediately cordoned off the area and began searching for suspects. Their preliminary investigations revealed that this wasn’t a random murder and that the victim was targeted. Additional inquiries revealed that the victim was a USC Professor, more specifically a psychology instructor.
Several hours later, the detectives from LAPD working on the case arrested a suspect. Up to this moment, the LAPD did not disclose the identity of the victim and suspect, but official LAPD spokespersons declared that the assailant is a USC student.
Unfortunately, the detectives working on the case failed to establish why the student stabbed the USC Professor. The next day, at approximately 6:30 pm, the campus area was declared safe by the local authorities, a fact confirmed via Twitter by the University.
Although the details are blurry at the moment, authorities have reasons to believe that the knife-wielding student was driven by revenge when he committed the act. Police investigators are pursuing this avenue as we speak.
We will keep you apprised should there be any developments in the case.
UPDATE – The LAPD has disclosed the identity of the murdered USC Professor. According to the authority, the victim was Bosco Tjan, professor of psychology, who taught at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.
In addition, Bosco Tjan was also the co-director of the University’s Cognitive Neuroimaging Center and a leading authority on cognition.
The LAPD established that the victim was 50 years old, and that he was stabbed inside Seeley G. Mudd building. Furthermore, the coroner’s preliminary report indicated that death occurred at approximately 4:30 pm.
The student’s identity will be revealed after LAPD’s formal interview.
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