A student attending the University of Southern California has been arrested in connection with the death of a professor, who was fatally stabbed on Friday night. Bosco Tjan taught psychology, and was pronounced dead at the scene when emergency personnel responders arrived. The student is currently being held on one million dollar bail.
Los Angeles Daily News reports that the murder occurred at the heart of the campus, inside the Seeley G. Mudd building. The suspect, whose identity remains undisclosed, was on scene when police arrived, and was taken into custody without incident. Although this has not been confirmed, it is being speculated that the student had killed the University of Southern California professor moments before help came. Authorities cannot release the name of the person who called law enforcement officials, but have confirmed that it was neither the student nor the teacher. The student’s identity will reportedly be revealed after his interview with police, which was said to have taken place yesterday.
Bosco Tjan, reveals Yahoo, began teaching at the facility in 2001, and worked in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. During his time at the university, he also retained the position of co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center. University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias gave a statement in which he expressed the sorrow and grief all those in the Trojan family are experiencing over the loss of the professor, whose family and loved ones Nikias assures will be kept in the university’s thoughts.
ABC News reports that another statement was given by the University of Southern California’s Department of Public Safety, who confirmed rumors that the killing was not random and was in fact motivated by a personal dispute the student was having with the professor. No details have yet been provided as to what this argument was about, and the project manager at Tjan’s lab is still baffled over the possibility that the professor could have upset someone who much, as he had never heard anything regarding any students having disagreements with the teacher.
The married father of one, says Chris Purington, was always very agreeable and was one of the more popular professors at the University of Southern California. Purington was quite devastated over Bosco Tjan’s death, unable to hold back tears during his interview with the press. He remembers the 50-year-old as having “really cared about people,” mentoring many throughout his life and making it a focus to help people realize their goals.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow
Photo Courtesy University of Southern California