Will latest USC death deter China from sending its students abroad?

Jul 29, 2014
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USC students on their way to attend a memorial service on April 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, for the two Chinese graduate students who were shot to death near campus.; Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles issued a statement asking authorities to take more measures in protecting Chinese students in the United States following the death of 24-year-old Xinran Ji, who was killed near his USC apartment early Thursday.

Ji is the latest victim of violence at USC, following two other Chinese graduate students who were gunned down two years ago near the campus. Six month later, a gunman opened fire at a Halloween party near the university.  

The consulate has reminded students “to be more alert and take further protection steps.” However, 40% of the international student body comes from China, composing one of the largest percentages of any campus in the country. Will this latest act of violence deter enrollment from Chinese students to USC? How can USC meet the consulate’s demands to make the campus safer?


Daniel Deng, a lawyer based in Rosemead, California. He represented the parents of Ming Qu and Ying Wu – the two Chinese graduate students who were shot to death in their car in 2012. Deng is now working with the parents of Xinran Ji, who was killed outside his apartment complex last week, to secure their visas to come to the US. 

David Carlisle, Deputy Chief of the Department of Public Safety at USC

Kate Mather, LA Times staff writer covering crime and breaking news

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