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Memorial Service For Slain USC Students To Be Held Wednesday

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Students Ying Wu And Ming Qu, both 23-year-old electrical engineering students, were shot last April. (credit: Facebook, California DMV)

Students Ying Wu And Ming Qu, both 23-year-old electrical engineering students, were shot last April. (credit: Facebook, California DMV)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A memorial service will be held Wednesday for two USC graduate students from China who were gunned down near the campus last week.

Ying Wu and Ming Qu, both 23, were found shot to death in the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue near West 27th Street shortly after 1 a.m. on April 11.

Wu was found in front passenger seat of Qu’s recently purchased 2003 BMW. Qu was found on the steps of a nearby house, police said.

USC President C.L. Max Nikias is among those expected to attend the memorial service at the Shrine Auditorium. Student leaders representing Chinese and international student groups are also expected to be there, along with friends of the victims.

Investigators continued to reach out to the public for help tracking down a suspect in the killings. On Tuesday, the city of Los Angeles added $75,000 to the pool of reward money being offered in the case, bringing the total amount to $200,000.

City Councilman Bernard Parks, a former police chief whose 8th Council District includes the area around USC, sponsored the reward.

“Someone knows who did this,” City Councilwoman Jan Perry said, “and I hope that this reward will stimulate some activity and cause someone to care enough about two people who were just studying to have a better life and were harming no one, two young people whose entire lives were ahead of them and bring some justice.”

Anyone with information about the case was urged to call LAPD detectives at (213) 485-4341, or (877) LAPD-24-7.

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