(NewsReady.com) – The US has experienced a major setback in its rush to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. Dr. Bing Liu, a talented research assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, died in what appears to be a horrific murder-suicide on May 2. The real tragedy is the 37-year-old doctor was close to “making very significant findings” about the coronavirus according to fellow researchers.
Liu’s department was close to determining the cellular mechanisms associated with the COVID-19 infection. His team released a study on the coronavirus in mid-March. Although Dr. Liu is no longer there to guide his team, they’ve vowed to continue the research he started and to help the world find a cure.
Bing Liu's associates at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have sworn to carry on his research in his honor. pic.twitter.com/s4RFWsbogN
— Rambeau The Great (@rambeauthegreat) May 5, 2020
The alleged killer, identified as Hao Gu, shot Dr. Liu three times before returning to his car nearby and killing himself. The Ross Township Police say the two men knew each other but have not specified how. They are still investigating and haven’t determined the motivation for this tragedy. This is an open investigation and the police are looking into all possible leads.
The doctor’s murder is shocking. Especially given the current climate and the importance of his work. Could his death be related to his research? The police don’t think so, but they haven’t reached any definitive conclusions.
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