LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — About 3,000 new USC undergrads moved into on-campus housing Wednesday ahead of the fall semester.

KNX 1070’s Megan Goldsby reports this year’s batch of freshmen arrived amid higher safety precautions following the beating death of a grad student over the summer.

Students were seen clutching suitcases and duffel bags – with the help of family and friends toting computers, toiletries and extra-long sheets – as they moved into their dorm rooms at Pardee Tower, Marks Tower and about residence halls across campus.

Wednesday marked the return of students on campus for the first time since the beating death of Xinran Ji, a 24-year-old electrical engineering student from China.

Ji was found dead in July in his fourth floor unit at the City Park apartments located in the 200 block of West 30th Street.

University officials pledge to increase security staffing and upgrade camera systems following the attack, which still remains fresh in the minds of some students like freshman Victor Pang, whose parents thought long and hard before leaving their Chicago suburb to move him to college.

“They were more worried about that than I was,” said Pang.

Three males and a female – all under 20 years old – face capital murder charges linked to Ji’s death and are being held without bail.


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