Memorial service held for slain USC students
USC staff and students held a memorial Wednesday night for two international students shot dead outside a house near the USC campus on April 11.
The memorial for Ming Qu and Ying Wu, two engineering graduate students, began at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening inside the University of Southern California's Shrine Auditorium.
- USC President C. L. Max Nikias Nikias told the students' parents that he "shares their grief and loss," and that the University will create two annual scholarships in their memory.
- Qu and Wu's parents flew from China to the United States for the first time to attend the service. The students were killed in the early hours of the morning when a gunman fired through their BMW's windshield while the car idled in the street.
The shooter is still at large and the motive still unclear, although Los Angeles police suspect a botched carjacking.
- Students and friends shared stories of their time together, while university officials spoke of the power of "the Trojan Family" in a time of grief."A senseless act of violence crushed these dreams and destroyed your sacrifice," Dean Yortsos told the victim's parents.
- The memorial ended with a benediction, and with those in the auditorium embracing those seated next to them.Police are still searching for a suspect in the shooting that killed both students as they were sitting in a BMW about a mile from campus on Wednesday.A $200,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the slaying.
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