Cops say Coronavirus researcher killed over dispute about “intimate partner”

A medical researcher on the “verge of making very significant” coronavirus findings was found shot to death over the weekend in Pennsylvania in an apparent Murder-suicide..

Bing Liu, 37, was a researcher at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

UPDATE:

Per the NYPost the married coronavirus researcher killed in a suspected murder-suicide in Pennsylvania was gunned down over “a lengthy dispute” about an “intimate partner,” police revealed Wednesday.

A probe into the deaths of University of Pittsburgh scientist Bing Liu, 37, and Hao Gu, 46, found the pair was squabbling about a mystery companion who Ross Township police would not identify.

“We found zero evidence that this tragic event has anything to do with employment at the University of Pittsburgh, any work being conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and the current heath crisis affecting the United States and the world,” the statement read.

Investigators forwarded their review of the case to federal authorities since the “individuals involved” are not US citizens, police said.

Detectives have previously said that Liu — a native of China — and Gu knew each other, but evidence showed the shooting had nothing to with the assistant professor’s ongoing COVID-19 research.

CBS Pittsburg reports a researcher killed in an apparent murder-suicide was close to “making very significant findings” related to the coronavirus, his department at the University of Pittsburgh said.

Two shootings that happened over the weekend in Ross Township appear to be a murder-suicide, according to police.

On May 2, police said 37-year-old Dr. Bing Liu was found dead in his home on Elm Court from apparent gunshot wounds to his head, neck and torso. Investigators say they now believe his death is a homicide.

Liu was a research assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, his department said on Monday.

“Bing was on the verge of making very significant findings toward understanding the cellular mechanisms that underlie SARS-CoV-2 infection and the cellular basis of the following complications. We will make an effort to complete what he started in an effort to pay homage to his scientific excellence,” the department said on its website.

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“His loss will be felt throughout the entire scientific community. Please keep his family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts. Thank you,” the department added.