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Man Stabbed to Death on USC Campus

By Brian Hews

Several media outlets are  reporting a man was found stabbed to death on the campus of USC. HMG-CN wil update when available.


A 25-year-old University of Southern California faculty member was killed on campus Friday evening after being stabbed, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The stabbing occurred near the Seeley G. Mudd building.

Officers received a call of a stabbing with a deadly weapon around 4:34 p.m. in the 3600 block of McClintock Avenue.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Suspect is in custody.

  • USC says:

    USC Professor Killed in Stabbing on Campus was from Cerritos
    Bosco Tjan was allegedly stabbed to death by a student in a personal dispute, police said.

    USC Professor Killed in Stabbing on Campus was from Cerritos
    LOS ANGELES, CA — The USC professor who was fatally stabbed on the school’s campus, allegedly by a student who is now in custody, had taught there since 2001.

    USC officials identified him as psychology professor Bosco Tjan, who was married and had a son, according to media reports and a letter to the campus community from USC President C.L. Max Nikias.

    But his full name was Siaufung Tjan, 53, of Cerritos, according to Lt. Dave Smith of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

    His alleged assailant was identified as David Jonathan Brown of Los Angeles, 28, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section.

    Brown was arrested on suspicion of murder and his bail was set at $1 million, Lopez said.

    Tjan was a training faculty member in the USC Neuroscience Graduate Program. He was an expert on perception, vision and vision cognition and helped found the USC Dornslife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center, where he served as co-director, USC officials said.

    He received his doctorate in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

    The stabbing was reported at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Seeley G. Mudd building in the 3600 block of McClintock Avenue, authorities said.

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    Tjan, who was stabbed in the chest, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

    The USC Department of Public Safety said Brown was arrested without incident.

    “This was not a random act of violence,” according to a statement posted on the department’s website. “The Los Angeles Police Department believes this was the result of a personal dispute.”

    The university issued an alert to students warning of police activity at the Mudd building, but made it clear there was no threat to the campus or surrounding community, the alert stated.

    People were nonetheless warned to avoid the area.

    The killing occurred on the final day of classes before finals.

    — City News Service, photo courtesy of USC