USC Grad Student Who Stabbed A Professor Has Been Identified


A professor of the University of Southern California (USC) was stabbed by a student on Friday. A suspect has been identified.

TIME reported that Bosco Tjan, a psychology professor at USC, was killed in the Seeley G. Mudd building. He died from multiple stab wounds.

Tjan had taught at the school from 2001. Authorities believe that the cause of the attack may have been a personal dispute.

"We want to make clear this was not a random act," LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar said. "This victim was targeted by the suspect."

The suspect was arrested on Friday but his identity had not been revealed then. In a recent report by ABC News, the LAPD has identified the USC student who stabbed Tjan.

David Jonathan Brown, 28, was arrested on suspicion of killing Bosco Tjan. He is a graduate brain and cognitive science student.

Tjan, who was a professor of psychology with USC's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciencs, oversaw Brown's work. Brown was one of the five students who worked with Tjan in a lab. Brown was held on a $1 million bond.

"Our Department of Public Safety officers responded immediately, and apprehended the suspect on the scene," USC president C.L. Max Nikias said in a letter to the community. "The suspect was confirmed to be a student, and is in the custody of the Los Angeles Police Department. We are extremely proud of our Department of Public Safety officers for their quick response, and our university counselors for immediately offering support at the scene."

LA Times noted that the attack did not rekindle the concerns about campus safety. Some students, though, have become more aware that "anything can happen anywhere."

"I feel like I always try to be aware of my surroundings now," Yesenia Brasby, a freshman pre-med student, said. "Just because there's a gate [on campus] doesn't mean something won't happen inside, on campus."

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