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Two arrested for murder of Chinese students

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP):Police arrested two young men in the shooting deaths of two graduate students from China last month near the University of Southern California (USC), an attack that stunned a school that has more international students than any other American university.

Javier Bolden, 19, and Bryan Barnes, 20, were arrested Friday on suspicion of killing the two during an apparent robbery attempt, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said.

Ming Qu, of Jilin, and Ying Wu, of Hunan, were shot April 11 while sitting in a BMW about a mile away from the USC campus. Both were 23 years old.

Their parents filed a lawsuit this week accusing USC of misrepresenting safety at the campus, where nearly one-fifth of the 38,000 students are from overseas, including 2,500 from China.

The motive for their killings was still under investigation, Beck said, but the "evidence points to a street robbery", and investigators believe the killings were part of a larger string of crimes the two men committed in Los Angeles.

gang affiliation

"Forensic evidence recovered at the scene linked them to two other attempted homicides," Beck said at a news conference. Evidence directly linked both suspects to the victims, he added.

Beck said neither suspect had a long criminal history or is a documented gang member, though police suspect they may have a gang affiliation.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa congratulated the city's police force, which cooperated with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate the killings and make the arrests Friday.

He praised officers for "diligence in following every lead and investigating every detail".

Beck declined to provide details of how the suspects were pinpointed but said, "This was a crime that shocked this city, and we absolutely left no stone unturned."

Barnes was arrested at a home about five miles from campus Friday afternoon, and Bolden was arrested a few hours later in Palmdale, Beck said. Both were being held without bail and are set to be arraigned Tuesday.