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Candlelight vigil to honor slain UNC professor

Posted July 30, 2014

— People from across the Triangle will gather at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil honoring Feng Liu, a 59-year-old professor who died last week after being mugged on West University Drive.

The vigil, planned by the Chinese-American Friendship Association, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the FedEx Global Education building at UNC.

Another vigil will be held Saturday at Memorial Hall.

Liu, of Durham, a research professor in UNC's Eshelman School of Pharmacy, was assaulted and robbed at about 1 p.m. on July 23 near the intersection of West University Drive and Ransom Street, according to investigators. He died from his injuries on July 24.

Derick Davis II, 23, of Scots Pine Crossing in Durham, and Troy Arrington Jr., 27, of Johnson Street in Chapel Hill, have been charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the case.

Authorities said "a landscape stone" was used to beat Liu about the head. Police said they have no reason to believe that Liu was targeted by his attackers.

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  • scg Jul 30, 2014

    What really was King's dream?

  • disgusted2010 Jul 30, 2014

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    Not a conspiracy, just fact. WRAL never misses an opportunity to disparage law enforcement.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 30, 2014

    Hans? Nothing to say? Guess this doesn't fit his agenda.

  • mike275132 Jul 30, 2014

    Unfortunately,I don't think that a Vigil will stop these murderers from attacking people in Chapel Hill or anywhere else in NC.

    Just like in the Lovette/Duke student murder, it will be interesting to see if these fine NC Citizens "Derick Davis II, 23, of Scots Pine Crossing in Durham, and Troy Arrington Jr., 27, of Johnson Street in Chapel Hill" will get their just rewards.

  • Classified Jul 30, 2014

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    Yup, it's a big conspiracy. You nail it. SMH

  • David McIntee Jul 30, 2014
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    oh, so what y'all are saying is, they were out to commit a crime, but not against a specific person or using a specific method. Just two youths, with nothing else to do except take the "opportunity" to use a rock to crush a mans skull and rob him.

    I hope the prosecution does a better job with this case than the Durham DA did with the Lovette case.

  • disgusted2010 Jul 30, 2014

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    Or a quote taken out of context designed to inflame readers and generate "hits."

  • Jeremy Gilchrist Jul 30, 2014
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    I believe this means this wasn't a pre-planned attack on this particular individual. It was a "crime of opportunity" on their part. It was random.

  • Fanny Chmelar Jul 30, 2014
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    Premeditated attack on a specific individual as opposed to opportunistically choosing a victim at the spur of the moment.

  • David McIntee Jul 30, 2014
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    "Police said they have no reason to believe that Liu was targeted by his attackers."

    Huh?