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USC, LAPD to announce new safety measures around campus

April 26, 2012 |  8:03 am

USC President Max Nikias bows before images of murder victims Ying Wu and Ming Qu before eulogizing the slain engineering students during an April 18 memorial service at the Shrine Auditorium

USC and LAPD officials are expected to announce Thursday additional safety measures after two students were fatally shot and four students were robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents near campus.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and USC President C.L. Max Nikias are expected to announce the new measures, which include adding close to three dozen more officers to patrol the area.

Last week, a campus police officer shot and wounded a man suspected of robbing four students at gunpoint as they walked along the university's fraternity row around 12:30 a.m. The students were not injured.

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That incident came only a week after two students were shot and killed April 11. Ming Qu and Ying Wu were both 23-year-old electrical engineering graduate students from China.

Both episodes have raised concerns about the safety of neighborhoods that were once viewed as having improved.

After the incidents, school officials have maintained that neighborhoods around campus — including those outside its patrol area — are safe.

"Crime in the neighborhoods around USC, and in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, has dropped dramatically in recent years," school officials said in a statement.

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Photo: USC President C.L. Max Nikias bows before images of slain students Ying Wu and Ming Qu during an April 18 memorial service at the Shrine Auditorium. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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