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Cops: Student Murdered USC Professor on Campus

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LOS ANGELES — A student is accused of stabbing a University of Southern California psychology professor to death Friday… on campus!

The professor, identified as Bosco Tjan, was pronounced dead at the scene by LAPD.

Statement from University of Southern California: With tremendous sadness, I write to share the news that Professor Bosco Tjan was tragically killed this afternoon. This terrible incident occurred on our University Park Campus in the Seeley G. Mudd building. Professor Tjan was a professor of psychology in our Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and served as co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center. He joined the USC faculty in 2001, and was an expert in perception, vision, and vision cognition.

USC Professor Bosco Tjan

A 911 call came in to authorities around 4:30 p.m. Friday. When USC officers arrived, they found Professor Tjan with multiple stab wounds and a male student still on the scene.

There’s no word on a motive, police don’t believe the attack is random.

The stabbing happened in the Seeley G. Mudd Building on the last day of classes before final exams.

Tjan was an expert in the field of perception, vision and vision cognition who had been affiliated with the university since 2001. He was the co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center, which he helped found in 2005.

Tjan held a doctorate in computer science from the University of Minnesota. He was married and the father of one son.

“As the Trojan Family mourns Professor Tjan’s untimely passing, we will keep his family in our thoughts,” university President C.L. Max Nikias wrote to the USC community.

Varun Soni, the university’s dean of religious life, will lead an on-campus gathering for reflection and prayer Monday.

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