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USC Faculty Stalked to Death on Campus

LOS ANGELES – A professor at the University of Southern California was stabbed to death on the downtown Los Angeles campus on Friday and a suspect was arrested , according to the authorities.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to an informed stabbing at around 4:30 p.m. local time and arrived to find a male victim who was about 25 years old, said department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart by telephone.

Stewart said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Los Angeles Police Department said a suspect was subsequently arrested, although no further details were available immediately.

The Department of Public Safety of the university confirmed that it was a member of the faculty that was killed.

USC, one of the most prestigious private institutions of higher education in the nation, has made headlines in recent years for incidents of violent crime.

Campus security was tightened after the killings in early 2012 of two graduate Chinese engineering students who were shot while sitting in a car parked near the campus in what police said was an attempted robbery. .

In July 2014, another Chinese graduate student was attacked by a group of teenagers as he was walking home near the campus in a nighttime assault. He arrived home, but died of his wounds hours later. Four young people were arrested in connection with the crime.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles, Additional reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco, Nick Macfie edition)

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