Professor fatally stabbed by student on University of Southern California campus

A student fatally stabbed a psychology professor on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles on Friday in what was a personal dispute, authorities told The Associated Press.

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias identified the professor killed as Bosco Tjan in a letter addressed to the USC community.

Tjan, a married father of one son and listed in public records as 50 years old, joined USC in 2001, taught in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and served as co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center, Nikias said.

"As the Trojan family mourns Professor Tjan's untimely passing, we will keep his family in our thoughts," Nikias wrote in his letter.

The Los Angeles Police Department said it responded at 4:30 p.m. local time to a building on campus.

Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart told The Los Angeles Times paramedics found Tjan dead at the scene.

LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar told the L.A. Times that Tjan had multiple stab wounds.

Police said the suspect, a male student, is in custody.

"We want to make clear this was not a random act," Aguilar said. "This victim was targeted by the suspect."

The name of the suspect has not been released.

Chris Purington, project manager at Tjan's lab, told the AP that he never heard of anyone having a problem with the professor.

"People talk about scientists as very cold or robotic. Bosco is a guy that he could talk to anybody about anything," he said. "He couldn't move through a room without being sidetracked in all these conversations.

"He just had this energy about him. Kinetic might be the word," Purington said. "He had a huge impact on my life."

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