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USC Chinese students' death lawsuit to be amended rather than dismissed

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A small memorial set up at the house of two USC graduate students from China who were shot and killed, April 11, 2012.

A judge says a lawsuit can be amended against the University of Southern California that was filed by the parents of two Chinese graduate students killed in April.

The judge who questioned the viability of the suit Tuesday, granted demurrers on all civil claims, but allowed the parents' lawyers to amend and refile the case within 20 days.

If not amended, it would be dismissed. But a plaintiffs' lawyer said he will amend and refile.

The students were fatally shot while sitting in a car near the campus.

The parents claim they were misled about safety provisions for USC's international students and were not told the campus is in a high crime area.

USC attorneys say the university is not responsible for off-campus crimes by people not connected to the school.

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