USC Professor Bosco Tjan killed in campus stabbing

PUBLISHED Sat, December 03, 2016 - 12:50am EST
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The faculty member who was stabbed to death on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) on Friday afternoon has been identified as psychology Professor Bosco Tjan. A student is in custody. (more)

USC President Max Nikias shared the news in letter sent to the USC community on late Friday evening. Tjan joined USC in 2001 and was a professor of psychology at the Domsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and served as a co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center.

"As the Trojan Family mourns Professor Tjan's untimely passing, we will keep his family in our thoughts," Nikias said. "We encourage anyone in need of support to reach out to Student Counseling Services or the Center for Work and Family Life."

The incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. PT on Friday when emergency services were called to an incident in the Seeley G. Mudd building at the University Park Campus. Tjan was found to have been stabbed and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Our Department of Public Safety officers responded immediately, and apprehended the suspect on the scene," Nikias said. "The suspect was confirmed to be a student, and is in the custody of the Los Angeles Police Department."

The suspect's identity has not yet been released and there was no immediate word on a possible motive.

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