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Police Seek to Arrest MIT Grad in Yale Student Murder, May Be Hiding in Atlanta Area

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    The New Haven Police Department has obtained an arrest warrant for the killer of 26-year-old Yale University grad student and U.S. Army Veteran Kevin Jiang in early February.

    Arrest warrant: The arrest warrant names Qinxuan Pan, a 29-year-old MIT graduate, as a person of interest in the murder of Jiang on Feb. 6, according to NBC Connecticut.


    • Authorities accused Pan of stealing a car in Massachusetts before driving to Connecticut on the day of the murder. He allegedly stole a blue GMC Terrain from a dealership in the guise of a test drive and never returned it.
    • Police believe he is staying in the Atlanta area and is considered armed and dangerous, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Matthew Duffy said in a statement, according to the Hartford Courant.
    • He was last seen on Feb. 11 driving family members in the suburbs of Duluth or Brookhaven, Georgia. His family members said he carried a black backpack and was acting strange.
    • Authorities have yet to determine Pan and Jiang’s relationship. MIT confirmed he has been attending the university as a graduate student since 2014.
    • Police are offering a $10,000 reward for any information on Pan that may lead to his arrest.

    Other details: The Yale School of the Environment graduate student was found dead near the intersection of Nash and Lawrence Streets in New Haven, Connecticut, at around 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 6.

    • Police speculated the incident was not a random act and that Jiang, who spent time in the Army, may have been targeted.
    • Jiang, who was a tank operator and a chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear officer in the army, was also a member of the Army National Guard, CBS Chicago reported.
    • The victim was supposed to marry his fiancée Zion Perry, who graduated from MIT last year.

    Featured Image via New Haven Police Department (left), @fitnesswithkevin (right)

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