Pennsylvania Researcher ‘on the Verge of Making Very Significant Findings’ About Coronavirus is Killed in Murder-Suicide

Bing Liu. / University of Pittsburgh

A medical researcher said to be on the “verge of making very significant” coronavirus findings was found shot to death over the weekend in Pennsylvania, officials said.

Bing Liu, 37, a researcher for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was found dead Saturday inside a home in Ross Township, north of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner said.

He had been shot in the head and neck, the agency said.

An hour after Liu’s body was discovered, a second person, Hao Gu, 46, was found dead inside a car less than a mile away, the agency said.

Ross Township Police Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp told NBC News that the men knew each other. Investigators believe that Gu killed Liu before returning to his car, where he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Kohlhepp said authorities are still investigating their relationship and a potential motive for the killing.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Tim Stelloh