MIT graduate student wanted for questioning by CT police in murder of Yale student

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — An MIT graduate student considered “armed and dangerous” is wanted for questioning in the murder of a Yale University student, police in New Haven, Connecticut said Wednesday.

Qinxuan Pan, 29, with a last known address in Malden, was last seen at the Best Western Hotel, 201 Washington Ave., New Haven, Connecticut, police in that community said.

The homicide occurred Feb. 6 at around 8:33 p.m. on Lawrence Street in New Haven.

Victim Kevin Jiang, 26, was shot multiple times and was found lying next to his car.

Jiang was a graduate student in Yale’s School of the Environment and a member of the class of 2022. He was also an Army National Guardsman and church volunteer.

Pan has two active warrants, and one of the warrants is fully extraditable, police said.

If you see Pan in public, you are advised to “use extreme caution” and call New Haven homicide detectives at 203-946-6304 or the New Haven Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 866-888-8477.

MIT issued the following statement on Wednesday regarding Pan:

“Earlier this evening, the New Haven Police Department alerted the public that they are searching for Qinxuan Pan as a person of interest in the death of Yale graduate student Kevin Jiang; police are treating the investigation as a homicide.

Like most schools, MIT does not comment on criminal matters of this nature, but we can confirm the following information: Mr. Pan has been enrolled as a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since September 2014. He received undergraduate degrees from the Institute in computer science and mathematics in June 2014.

Additionally, as has been publicly reported, I can confirm Mr. Jiang’s fiancée graduated from MIT in 2020, earning an SB in Biological Engineering. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her, the Yale community, and all those impacted in this unfathomably painful time.

Matters such as these can be extremely distressing, and MIT encourages members of our community to reach out to any of our many support resources for students and employees.

For any further public information, you should be in touch with the New Haven Police Department, which is leading the investigation.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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