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.

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  1. 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. 

  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.