Student accused of stabbing USC professor to death on campus

A student stabbed a University of Southern California psychology professor to death Friday afternoon, police said.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias identified the slain instructor as neurology expert Bosco Tjan.

Tjan was found dead with several stab wounds around 4:30 p.m. inside the Seeley G. Mudd building, which houses the school’s psychology department, Los Angeles police spokeswoman Detective Meghan Aguilar said.

Cops a the male student at the crime scene following the campus attack, police said.

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“This was not a random attack. This victim was targeted,” Aguilar said.

Tjan, a graduate in computer science from the University of Minnesota, joined the University of Southern California in 2001 and specialized in “vision loss, restoration and rehabilitation,” according to his lab’s website.

Chris Purington, a member of Tjan’s lab, said the scientist landed him his first post-college job.

The USC graduate said he did not know of anyone holding a grudge against the slain professor, married father with one son.

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University of Southern California professor Bosco Tjan.

(University of Southern California)

“He was somebody who really cared about people. I know he cared about me,” Purington told the Associated Press.

“People talk about scientists as very cold or robotic. Bosco is a guy that he could talk to anybody about anything,” he added. “He couldn’t move through a room without being sidetracked in all these conversations.” 

The suspect was not immediately identified and it’s unclear what led to the fatal knifing.

A second but unrelated police investigation unfolded Friday night inside the Doheny Memorial Library. 

The Daily Trojan reports a man allegedly sprayed a woman with a fire extinguisher and was taken into custody. 

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