Ming Qu, a graduate student studying electrical engineering known for his deep love of family, died April 11 in a shooting west of campus. He was 23.
He received his undergraduate degree in Beijing but was originally from the Jilin province of China.
Biao Yang, also a graduate student studying electrical engineering, spoke at a memorial service for Qu and Ying Wu, Qu’s close friend who was also killed in the assault, on Wednesday at the Shrine Auditorium.
“We went to class together, we ate together and we hung out. [Qu] hoped he was just like any one of us who got a chance to learn,” Yang said.
Yang, who called Qu his best friend and dear brother, said he had known Qu for six years, and it was Qu who encouraged him to attend USC as a graduate student. Over the years, Yang said that his friendship with Qu never changed.
Yang remembered meeting Qu on the first day of their freshman year in college and teaching him to play sports.
“[He was] not really good at those sports, but it does not matter at all. What matters is that we were together,” Yang said. “But now it will never be like that again.”
The families of both victims arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday and attended the memorial service Wednesday.
Yang said Qu was very close to his parents and chose to live humbly in order to save them money.
“[Qu] once told me that [his] parents were the most important people in [his] heart. [He] chatted with his mother every two days,” Yang said at the memorial. “I could feel [his] deep love for [his] parents.”
Qu and Wu were shot and killed outside Wu’s residence while sitting inside Qu’s car. No arrests have been made. The university and the City of Los Angeles are offering a $200,000 reward for information leading to and arrest and conviction in the case.