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Trial Date Set For Wrongful Death Suit Filed By Parents Of 2 Slain USC Students

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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 (CBSLA.com) — A judge set a May 2013 trial date Wednesday for the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of two USC students who were killed during a botched robbery in April.

The parents of graduate students Ming Qu and Ying Wu filed the suit against the university on May 16.

The 23-year-olds were fatally shot around 1 a.m. on April 11 while they were sitting in Qu’s car off-campus in the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue.

Bryan Barnes, 20, and Javier Bolden, 19, are facing murder charges in the incident.

If convicted of the charges, the suspects could be eligible for the death penalty.

The lawsuit trial will begin May 28.

The judge also set a March 21 hearing to see how setting the case through mediation was progressing.

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