Vigil, memorial planned for slain professor Liu

07/28/2014 1:29 PM

07/29/2014 2:02 PM

The UNC-Chapel Hill community will hold a vigil Wednesday and a memorial service Saturday to remember Feng Liu, who was killed last week during an alleged robbery.

Two men have been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in Liu’s death. The research professor was assaulted and robbed July 23 while walking in the Westwood neighborhood near campus. He died the next day at UNC Hospitals.

The vigil will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St. on the UNC-CH campus. It is sponsored by the Chinese-American Friendship Association, a Triangle-wide organization.

The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Hall on the Chapel Hill campus.

Westwood neighbors established an online fundraiser in Liu’s memory last week at The money will be forwarded to a new graduate student award fund at School of Pharmacy, according to a school spokesman.

Donations to the Feng Liu Graduate Student Award fund can be sent in care of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, 194 Finley Golf Club Road, Suite 106, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.

Donations also can be made online at

Cards, flowers and condolences can be sent to the Liu Family in care of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, CB#7355, 301 Pharmacy Lane, Suite 100, Chapel Hill NC, 27599-7355.

Liu, a native of China, arrived at UNC-CH in 2005 to continue his research into gene and drug delivery in cancer treatment. His death has shaken the community, drawing comparisons to the 2008 death of UNC-CH Student Body President Eve Carson and prompting calls for more police presence in Chapel Hill’s neighborhoods.

The men arrested in Liu’s death – Derick Davis II and Troy Arrington – are scheduled to appear Aug. 11 in Orange County Superior Court.


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