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Memorial service for slain USC students to be held Wednesday

April 17, 2012 |  5:21 pm

USC students stop to add flowers to the memorial for the two USC students killed near campus.

The official memorial service for two USC students killed near campus last week will be held Wednesday evening in the university's Shrine Auditorium.

The parents of Ming Qu and Ying Wu will be in attendance. The families, who visited the scene of the crime Sunday evening, flew in from China and have been meeting with police detectives and university officials.

Ming Qu and Ying Wu, both 23 and graduate students from China studying electrical engineering at USC, were shot early April 11 in the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue.

PHOTOS: USC shaken by shooting deaths of two students

The students were sitting in a 2003 BMW about 1 a.m. when a gunman came up and shot two or three times into the driver's side. The students had been chatting, with the car double-parked. Property belonging to the students was missing, leading investigators to suspect that robbery may have been the motive for the crime.

Three neighbors heard the gunshots and called 911. Shortly after the shooting, a witness saw a person in dark clothing running from the scene, according to Deputy LAPD Chief Pat Gannon.

The city of Los Angeles announced a $75,000 reward, in addition to a $125,000 reward already offered by USC, for information leading to the arrest of the person who fatally shot the two.

Since the deaths of Qu and Wu, more than 500 students, faculty and friends have come together for a candlelight vigil organized by various international student organizations. Students have been adding flowers and signing memorial books left outside the home, and many attended a service held by the engineering school and have held quiet gatherings in local chapels.

The official memorial service is open to the public and will begin at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.

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-- Rosanna Xia

Photo: USC students stop to add flowers to the memorial for the two USC students killed near campus. Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

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