Feng Liu, 59, was attacked in broad daylight yesterday afternoon.
Arrested are Derick Davis II, 23, of Scots Pine Crossing in Durham, and Troy Arrington Jr., 27, of Johnson Street in Chapel Hill.
Friends and colleagues expressed shock. Apparently they are unaware of Department of Justice statistics that reveal that 52.2 percent of homicides are committed by blacks; nearly all by black males ages 18 to 49.
The attack occurred July 23, 2014 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill died Thursday morning from injuries suffered during a daytime robbery and assault on West University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
Feng Liu, 59, of Durham, was assaulted at about 1 p.m. Wednesday in a residential area near the intersection of West University Drive and Ransom Street, police said. He was a research professor in UNC's Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
"The whole school has been in shock," said Russell Mumper, vice dean of the pharmacy school. "He was beloved. He was a member of a large family of highly respected scientists."
Derick Davis II, 23, of Scots Pine Crossing in Durham, and Troy Arrington Jr., 27, of Johnson Street in Chapel Hill, were arrested overnight in connection with the incident.
Davis is charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen goods, felony common law robbery and felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He was being held Thursday in the Orange County jail under a $100,000 secured bond.
Arrington is charged with felony common law robbery and felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He was being held under a $75,000 secured bond.
Chapel Hill police said more charges are pending.
"It’s just shocking the way this happened and that it was so close to the university," Mumper said. "Many faculty, students and staff enjoy a walk after lunch. Our understanding is that he was doing what he’s done many days – walking around campus community – and then something happened."
Liu received his undergraduate and master's degrees in pharmaceutics science at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in China and his doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, according to UNC's website. He has worked at UNC for 10 years in the areas of genetics and drug delivery.
Mumper said Liu was conducting cancer research, leading a team of graduate students on projects funded by the National Institutes of Health.
"He was a very outgoing person, very social and a highly respected scientist," Mumper said. "He was truly a scholar and a great colleague."
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