A researcher was killed In the United States. This scientist was researching the coronavirus Covid-19. Moreover, as many media write, he was "on the verge of releasing 'significant findings" and "was close to the truth."
Is it really so? And was the study of coronavirus the reason for his murder? Let's get it right.
What is known about the scientist?
The murdered man was called Bing Liu. He was a native of China. Liu received his Bachelor's degree and PhD in computer science at the National University of Singapore, and then did his postdoctoral studies at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
According to the Daily Mail, he was an assistant professor of computer science and systems biology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said in a statement:
'Bing was on the verge of making very significant findings toward understanding the cellular mechanisms that underlie SARS-CoV-2 [COVID-19] infection and the cellular basis of the following complications,' the statement read.
Dr Ivet Bahar, head of the Computational and Systems Biology Department, told the Post-Gazette that Liu had only recently begun researching COVID-19 and 'was just starting to obtain interesting results'.
What is known about the murder?
Dr Bing Liu, 37, was found dead with gunshot wounds to the head, neck and torso at his home in the suburb of Ross Township on Saturday afternoon.
Ross Township police said another man, identified as 46-year-old software engineer Hao Gu, entered Liu's home through an unlocked door and opened fire before going back to his car and turning the gun on himself.
Police believe the murder-suicide was the result of a "lengthy dispute regarding an intimate partner."
At the same time, police say there is 'zero evidence' that the killing had anything to do with the COVID-19 research Liu was doing with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.