Thursday, June 2, 2016

Professor killed in UCLA murder-suicide was brilliant, kind and caring, colleagues say

Sarah Parvini, Kate Mather and Hailey Branson-Potts

UCLA students went to school Wednesday expecting to take on routine end-of-school-year tasks: final exams and presentations. But those concerns were forgotten around 10 a.m., when cellphones buzzed to life across campus, announcing that a shooting had taken place.
Within minutes, thousands of students found themselves racing for cover, building makeshift barricades against classroom doors that wouldn’t lock and arming themselves with anything they could find as information about the gunfire — some of it rumor about a wave of assailants — spread across campus via text messages and social media.
In the end, it was a murder-suicide involving two men inside an engineering building near the campus’ south side, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said.
Several sources identified the victim as William S. Klug, 39, a father of two who studied the interaction between mechanics and biology.

Klug, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was described as both brilliant and kind, a rare blend in the competitive world of academic research, colleagues said.

UCLA gunman had accused slain professor of stealing his computer code, sources say

Richard Winton, Matt Hamilton and Teresa Watanabe

The gunman who shot and killed a UCLA professor Wednesday has been identified as Mainak Sarkar, a former doctoral student who had accused the victim of stealing his computer code and giving it to someone else, according to Los Angeles police.
Sarkar, 38, took his own life after killing William Klug, 39, in a small office in UCLA Engineering Building 4, sources confirmed. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Thursday did not identify the shooter, although it did confirm the victim’s identity Thursday morning.

UCLA shooting updates: Gunman identified as former doctoral student

UCLA gunman had accused slain professor of stealing his computer code and is suspected of killing a woman in Minnesotta

Sarkar, a resident of Minnesota, had killed a woman in a small town in that state and investigators had found a “kill list” in Sarkar’s residence, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said during an interview on KTLA. A second UCLA professor was on that list. His identity has not been released.

“There is no good reason for this,” Beck said.

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