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Items missing from two slain USC students, LAPD says

April 13, 2012 |  3:32 pm

Slain USC students

Property belonging to the two USC students fatally shot this week near campus is missing, leading police to believe that they were killed during a robbery, Los Angeles police said.

"There is property unaccounted from the victims," Deputy Chief Pat Gannon said at a news conference where a $125,000 reward from USC was announced.

He declined to specify what was missing.

Gannon said two or three shots were fired into the driver's side of the 2003 BMW. The driver's-side window was also shattered.

Ming Qu and Ying Wu, electrical engineering graduate students, were shot and killed less than a mile from campus about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Shortly before the attack, Qu double-parked his BMW outside the home where Wu rented a room in the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue. She came outside, sources said, and the two were believed to be sitting in the car talking when the killer either walked or drove up to the car.

Wu was shot once in the chest. Qu was shot multiple times, including in the head, police said. At some point, Qu got out of the car and attempted to get help. He collapsed on a nearby porch.

Gannon said there was no suspect description.

"If you even hear a rumor about this case, please give us a call," Gannon said. "As a parent of a graduate student who doesn't live at home, I can relate to these parents. It's the worst news a parent could hear."

Todd Dickey, senior vice president of administration at USC, said he knew authorities were doing "everything possible" to solve this crime.

The reward will be offered to anyone who has information leading to arrests in the double homicide that has rekindled safety concerns in the campus community.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call homicide detectives at (213) 485-4341 or (877) LAPD-24-7.


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Photo: Ying Wu (left) and Ming Qu (right). Credit: USC