Los Angeles County Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against University of Southern California Over Chinese Grad Students' Murders

December 31, 1969

The parents of Ming Qu and Ying Wu are suing USC for their Los Angeles wrongful deaths. The two electrical engineering students, 23, were both from China. They were shot on April 11 at around 1am while sitting double parked in Qu's BMW close to campus. Police believe that the students were the victims of a robbery turned tragic.

In their LA wrongful death complaint, the four plaintiffs talked about how USC is very active about trying to get international students from China to enroll in its graduate studies program, which provides a great deal of tuition to the university. They also pointed to the USC website, which says that the university is considered "among the safest" in the country and has one of the "most comprehensive, proactive" programs when it comes to campus and community safety. Yet, the plaintiffs contend that despite these claims, USC is in an area where a lot of crime occurs and the university did not provide patrols in the area where Wu and Qu were shot. The victims' parents are alleging numerous causes of action for their wrongful death case, including intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, and negligence.

Qu and Wu were a product of China's one child policy and were to have been the parents' support later in life. Their parents want compensation for direct pecuniary loss, loss of love, companionship, affection, comfort, solace, society, moral support, services, training, and advice, attorney's costs and fees, and other relief.

Following their murders (and an unrelated shooting of a robbery suspect involving campus police), the Los Angeles Police Department added more police patrols to the area. Meantime, USC has said it would increase the number of campus cruisers available to escort students at night. Police and school officials said they are going to work together to figure out where surveillance cameras should be installed around campus.

"Campus crimes are not uncommon and there are injuries and deaths that could have been avoided if only a university or other learning institution provided the necessary security," said Howard Law, PC founder and Los Angeles inadequate security lawyer Vincent Howard.

This month, two arrests were made in the shootings of Wu and Qu. Bryan Barnes, 20, and Javier Bolden, 19, have been charged with the victims' first-degree murders. They also were charged in connection with earlier shootings. The two of them have been linked to "No Respect Inc.," a "party crew" that follows a local DJ to different South LA events.

USC killing suspects tied to 'No Respect' party crew, Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2012

Read the Los Angeles County Complaint Against USC (PDF)


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Los Angeles County premises liability lawyer Vincent Howard represents victims and their families seeking to recover compensation for injuries and deaths caused by other parties negligence.

To schedule your free case evaluation with LA wrongful death lawyer Howard, contact Howard Law, PC today.