Xinran Ji, 24, was walking to his off-campus apartment in the early morning hours after attending a study group.
Reports say the student was attacked by three or more men, then managed to stumble to his home where he was found dead later that morning. He apparently died of head wounds due to blunt force trauma.
A graduate student at USC walking home from a study group was attacked by at least three men early Thursday morning and died sometime later at his apartment, university officials and police said.
Investigators said engineering student Xinran Ji was assaulted with a blunt object at 12:45 a.m. Thursday near the corner of 29th Street and Orchard Avenue, a few blocks from campus.
Police said the 24-year-old from China managed to make his way back to his nearby apartment, where he apparently succumbed to his injury. A cause of death has not been determined, but university officials said he appeared to have suffered a head injury.
The attack has left some USC students on edge, coming two years after two other Chinese graduate students were gunned down near campus.
"It's shocking, but at the same time you're almost desensitized because you're like, 'Are you kidding me? It happened again?'" said Joe Benson, a senior undergraduate student.
Los Angeles Police Lt. Andy Neiman said that the attack may have been a crime of opportunity. It's unclear whether Ji was robbed.
We assumed the attackers were not white or Asian.
Students complain that the neighborhood is unsafe.
When defined exclusively by geography, the longitude and latitude coordinates of an area are not relative to its level of safety. Rather, a neighborhood's safety is determined by the humans who occupy it.
A street view survey via Google reveals the neighborhood is occupied by persons of African descent.
The crime occurred July 24, 2014.
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