USC offers counseling to Chinese students following off-campus killing

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The University of Southern California is offering counseling services to its Chinese student population after an engineering student from China was killed off-campus Thursday morning.

Police say Xinran Ji was assaulted early Thursday morning on the street near his off-campus apartment building.

Clayton Dube, who heads USC’s U.S.-China Institute, said while Chinese students are savvy about attending school in a major U.S. city, “this is of course a shock, not just to the students but to their families."

Ji’s death comes a couple years after two graduate students also studying engineering were gunned down in a car parked near campus.

Dube said USC has about 2,700 students from China. Because it’s summer, most of them are not on campus, but Dube said the school has contacted the USC Chinese Students & Scholars Association, religious organizations and Chinese student groups organized by major.

"There’s been efforts to offer specific counseling service, referrals those sorts of things,” Dube said. 

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