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Note Reveals Motive In NCSU Murder-Suicide

Posted October 14, 2002 4:47 a.m. EDT

— North Carolina State University said a note indicates two graduate students shot to death on campus Saturday evening died in an apparent murder-suicide.

The victims are 31-year-old Lili Wang and 49-year-old Richard Borrelli Anderson. Both were graduate students at the College of Engineering and lived in Raleigh.

Campus police said Anderson shot Wang four times while she was playing tennis, then he shot fatally shot himself.

A handgun and a note written by Anderson were recovered at the scene. The note stated Anderson had a disagreement with Wang and that he intended to end both their lives.

A classmate told WRAL Anderson and Wang had a minor disagreement over an upcoming exam, but nothing he believed would lead to murder.

Anderson's neighbors knew him as a friendly guy, who enjoyed working on his Web site and playing with kids in their apartment complex. They claim he never talked about a relationship.

Wang, who was married, was scheduled to graduate in the spring.

The victims were found on the tennis courts behind Carmichael Gym about 5:15 p.m. Saturday, said NCSU Public Safety Director Thomas Younce.

"This was not a random incident, and we believe it poses no danger to others," Younce said.

A university police officer was helping jump-start a student's car in a nearby parking lot when he heard multiple gunshots, Younce said.

The SBI was called in to assist in the investigation and a number of potential witnesses were interviewed.

Students had been

on alert

after several recent reports of attempted robberies on campus, including an incident on Cates Avenue on Sept. 29.

Officials said the shootings were not related to those incidents.

"Our hearts go out to the families of these two members of our campus community," said Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. "I want to reassure our students, employees and their families that safety is a priority at NC State and will continue to be of utmost importance to Campus Police and the administration."

Concerned parents or students can call (919) 515-5816 for updates. Students who wish to speak with a counselor can call the Student Health Services Counseling Center at (919) 515-2423 after 8 a.m. Monday. Students wishing to request an escort from Campus Police should call (919) 515-3000.