arrest four in beating death of China grad student near USC
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[July 29, 2014]
By Daina Beth Solomon
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four people, two
of them juveniles, have been arrested in the robbery and beating death
last week of a Chinese graduate student near his off-campus apartment,
Los Angeles Police officials said on Monday.
The body of Xinran Ji, 24, an electrical engineering student who
enrolled at the University of Southern California in 2013, was
discovered on Thursday morning at his apartment, a few blocks away
from where police said he had been attacked some six hours earlier.
Jonathan DelCarmen, 19, and Andrew Garcia, 18, along with a
17-year-old male and 16-year-old female, have been arrested on
murder charges in Ji's death, Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew
"I don't know why a group of young people would go on a crime spree
as terrible as this, as horrible as this, and do these kinds of
unspeakable things to someone who's just walking home at night,"
Special circumstances could make the defendants subject to the death
penalty, Smith said. The four suspects are also accused of taking
part in a separate robbery later that morning.
Ji was walking to his home near the campus around 12.45 a.m. when
five people beat him in what Smith said might have been an attempted
robbery. Ji eventually arrived home, where he died of his wounds in
the early morning hours.
Police believe the suspects drove to Dockweiler Beach and took part
in another robbery.
A fifth suspect, a 14-year-old girl, was also arrested in connection
with the second robbery, Smith said. Police are investigating
whether she was involved in the killing.
Police said USCís security measures helped officers to make swift
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Security was tightened following the murders of two USC graduate
engineering students from China in the spring of 2012, shot to death
as they sat in a parked car near the campus in what police said was
a robbery attempt gone wrong.
Two men were arrested and charged with the double slaying, a crime
that stunned the prestigious private university. One suspect pleaded
guilty to two counts of murder earlier this year and was sentenced
to life in prison. His co-defendant is still awaiting trial.
USCís Viterbi School of Engineering will host a memorial for Ji
later in the week.
(Writing by Dan Whitcomb,; Editing by Eric Walsh, Curtis Skinner and
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