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Slain USC students are recalled as kind, hardworking

April 12, 2012 |  2:50 pm

Candlelight vigil at USC on Wednesday
Friends and teachers of the two USC graduate students who were killed in a shooting less than a mile from campus remembered the pair as kind and studious people.  

"I knew both of them,"  said Sungwon Lee, wa teaching assistant in Ying Wu and Ming Qu’s lab class, which is considered one of the hardest in the master's program. "They were such hardworking students."

Qu and Wu, who were both 23 and studying electrical engineering, were gunned down in Qu's BMW about 1 a.m. Wednesday in an attack that has shocked USC and rekindled long-held concerns about safety around the university.

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Wu "had a good sense of humor," said Adam Bobrow, a theater-major alumni who became friends with Wu after seeing her regularly in the library. "We talked politics, progress, earth.... We shared stuff about our cultures, our countries."

"I don't think she'd ever been to a nightclub, if you get what I mean. She's studious. Relatively quiet. Low-key, low-maintenance. Really friendly," he said, "and she worked so hard."

In a statement released Thursday, classmates and friends of the pair said they are "deeply grieved and angered at the distorted reports of our friends" that focus on the make of Qu's car and suggest that the two were "showing off their wealth." 

"Ying and Ming lived a simple life during their nearly two-year study at USC," the statement said. "In order to keep their living expenses down, they both shared rooms with other classmates. Ying even chose to live on the west side of campus, where it is comparatively cheaper and less safe."


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-- Rosanna Xia at USC

Photo: Hundreds of USC students gather on campus for a candlelight vigil Wednesday night. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times