Professor Killed on Calif. Campus Identified

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Bosco Tjan (Credit: USC)

Bosco Tjan (Credit: USC)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The president of the University of Southern California has identified the professor stabbed to death by a student on campus as a psychology professor and neuroscientist.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias said in a letter to the USC community that the professor killed Friday afternoon was Bosco Tjan, an expert in vision cognition and perception.

The USC Department of Public Safety says in a statement that investigators believe the attack was not random and “was the result of a personal dispute.”

Los Angeles Police Officer Meghan Aguilar says the male student arrested in Tjan’s killing was set to be interviewed Friday night and that his name would be released after he was booked.

She says Tjan was killed inside the Seeley G. Mudd building, the site of a lab that Tjan ran and in the heart of campus.

Chris Purington, project manager at Tjan’s lab, says he doesn’t know of any problems Tjan was having with a student and was shocked by his mentor’s killing. He says Tjan was a married father of one son.


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