29-year-old MIT Graduate Person of Interest in Jiang Murder

February 10, 2021

New Haven Police Department is looking for 29-year-old Qinxuan Pan, MIT graduate, in the shooting death of Kevin Jiang. Pan is considered “armed and dangerous.” He is also wanted for possession of a stolen vehicle from Massachusetts.

Jiang was a 26-year-old graduate student at Yale University and U.S. Army veteran who was killed in a shooting in New Haven, Connecticut, on Saturday, February 6, 2021, according to Heavy.

Jiang and Zion Perry, a Yale graduate student, had become engaged a week earlier. They had met and started dating a year earlier than that when Perry was still an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where Qinxuan Pan is a researcher in computer science and artificial intelligence.

A Seattle native, Jiang recently proposed to his girlfriend and penned a heartbreaking post about her on Facebook, was shot about 8:30 p.m. near Lawrence and Nicoll streets in the East Rock neighborhood of the city, New Haven Police said in a statement.

Jiang served in the Army as a tank operator and was a member of the Army National Guard at the time of his death. He was studying environmental science at Yale, according to Heavy. On his profile header, “Life is a gift that I am so thankful for.”

“My office has been in close contact with members of Kevin’s family. I wish to convey to them and to all others who loved Kevin my sincere condolences,” Yale University President Peter Salovey said in a message posted on the university’s website. “Kevin was an extraordinary young man; the School of the Environment will be holding a community gathering later today and will be planning additional remembrance events that will be posted on the school’s website.”

Salovey added, “The New Haven Police Department is treating this incident as a homicide and is actively working on apprehending the person or people responsible.”

New Haven Police responded to multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired about 8:30 p.m. Saturday night and found Jiang dead of gunshot wounds. His body was found in the street near his Toyota Prius, which had rear-end damage, according to the New Haven Independent.

Detectives are investigating if the read-end crash preceded the shooting. Neighbors told the New Haven Independent at least seven shots were fired. Police said they are following leads on the vehicle used by the shooter or shooters, the news site reports, according to Heavy.

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