Vigil For Slain USC Students Draws Hundreds

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Hundreds gathered at the University of Southern California for a candlelight vigil Wednesday in memory of two Chinese graduate students, who were shot to death near campus.

Police say the students were shot in their BMW south of 27th Street near South Raymond and transported to a hospital where they were both pronounced dead.

Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni opened the ceremony at 7:30 p.m., saying the hearts of the Trojan family are broken.

Prayer candles in the shape of hearts and white roses and along with lilies were placed at the foot of the Tommy Trojan statue, where grieving students and faculty gathered for the vigil.

“We remember Ying Wu and Ming Qu. We share stories of our times together. We share those stories with their families because they live in our memories,” USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett said.

Ying Wu and Ming Qu were shot and killed about 1 a.m. Wednesday as they sat in a car near the school Police don’t yet have a suspect or motive but say it may have been a robbery or carjacking attempt.

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