USC holds memorial for 2 students slain near school, announces scholarships in their honor

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Memorial service held for slain USC students

USC staff and students held a memorial Wednesday night for two international students shot dead outside a house near the USC campus on April 11.

Storified by 89.3 KPCC · Wed, Apr 18 2012 22:40:45

The memorial for Ming Qu and Ying Wu, two engineering graduate students, began at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening inside the University of Southern California's Shrine Auditorium. 

Students have begun to arrive for a memorial service at the Shrine for 2 USC students killed last week @NBCLA Cádiz Klemack
USC President C. L. Max Nikias Nikias told the students' parents that he "shares their grief and loss," and that the University will issue two annual scholarships in their memory.
"Dear Family, We love you." From Doctor Cecil Murray to the families of two students slain near USC, speaking for all of us. #USCMemorial.drschweitzer
Qu and Wu's parents flew from China to the United States for the first time to attend the service. The students were killed in the early hours of the morning when a gunman fired through their BMW's windshield while the car idled in the street. 

The shooter is still at large and the motive still unclear, although Los Angeles police suspect a botched carjacking.
Just transported the families of last weeks' victims at USC to their memorial service. It was eerily silent. So sad. #RIPDrew Araujo
USC President Nikias say the scholarship for two Chinese students each year will honor the memory of Ming Qu and Ying Wushirley jahad
This flower memorial stands in the lobby of the electrical engineering building at USC in memory of Ying Wu and Ming Qu Aguilar
Students and friends shared stories of their time together, while university officials spoke of the power of "the Trojan Family" in a time of grief.

"A senseless act of violence crushed these dreams and destroyed your sacrifice," Dean Yortsos told the victim's parents.
Biao Yang, a friend of Ming Qu, shares stories of their childhood together."What matters is that we were together then." #USCMemorialAnnenberg TV News
Yang, friend of Qu: "I hope we could still be good friends in another life." #USCMemorialAnnenberg TV News
The memorial ended with a benediction, and with those in the auditorium embracing those seated next to them.

Police are still searching for a suspect in the shooting that killed both students as they were sitting in a BMW about a mile from campus on Wednesday. 

A $200,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the slaying.
The memorial for the fallen #usc grad students. It's a thing of beauty but you wish it wasn't there. Graves

With contributions by Paige Osburn and Shirley Jahad

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