Reward in USC Killings Climbs to $200K

LA City Council adds $75,000 in reward money to university's $125,000

By Olsen Ebright
|  Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012  |  Updated 1:21 PM PDT
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USC Adds Safety "Kiosk" Where Students Were Killed

Ming Qu (left) and Ying Wu (right) were shot and killed April 11 in the West Adams District.

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During a press conference at which police sought the public's help in finding the killers of two USC graduate students from China, police said they identified 75 vehicles that match the description of a dark sedan seen leaving the area after the crime. Angie Crouch reports from USC for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 13, 2012.

USC Adds Safety "Kiosk" Where Students Were Killed

While police continue their investigation into a shooting that claimed the lives of two USC graduate students, the university now has a "safety kiosk" in place, with 24-hour staffing, at the site of the shooting. John Cádiz Klemack reports from USC.
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The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $75,000 reward in the fatal shooting of two 23-year-old USC graduate students from China who were gunned down in their car while parked in the West Adams District last week.

The reward is in addition to $125,000 already offered by the university.

"The last thing a parent thinks about when they send their kid to college is that they're going to have to bury them before they reach their graduation," said City Councilman Bernard Parks, who sponsored the reward.

Ying Wu and Ming Qu were doubled parked in their BMW near 27th Street and Raymond Avenue around 1 a.m. April 11, when an assailant approached the vehicle and opened fire, according to police.

Witnesses said they heard at least three gunshots.

Police have reviewed surveillance video recorded that night and have identified at least 75 cars that match the getaway vehicle's description.

Over the weekend, the parents and relatives of the victims traveled from China and have visited the crime scene, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The family members have also met with Los Angeles Police Department detectives, the Times reported.

Anyone with information about the case can contact police at 213-485-4341, or 877-527-3247.

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