Memorial Held on USC Campus for Neuroscience Professor Killed in Stabbing

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With hands clasped and heads bowed, hundreds of USC students, faculty, staff and university leaders gathered at a memorial Monday for Bosco Tjan, a beloved neuroscience professor who was stabbed to death by a student on the last day of classes Friday.

“Tragically, Bosco died doing what he loved, doing what he believed in — serving his students and building up a new generation of scholars,” USC President C.L. Max Nikias said. “His achievements are real, his influence enduring.”

Mourners had gathered before the Tommy Trojan statue to recall Tjan, and many of them wiped away tears or held each other as they offered testimonials to the slain professor.

Helga Mazyar, a PhD neuroscience student who had been studying under Tjan for the past five years, said her professor was more than just a mentor; he was a good friend.

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