Professor William Klug

UCLA engineering prof was a much-beloved Christian– why was he slain?

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When a student killed a UCLA professor yesterday morning and then turned the gun on himself, he murdered a professing Christian beloved by students, Little League players, colleagues, and his wife and two young children.

William (Bill) Klug, 39, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, died inside an engineering building near the campus’ south side. Officials said Mainak Sarkar, 38, drove all the way from Minnesota to Los Angeles to shoot Klug. At the former student’s home, police found a “kill list,” which included Klug, another UCLA professor, and a woman in Minnesota investigators later found dead. Police believe Sarkar had mental health issues and thought Klug had released intellectual property that harmed him.

Colleagues described Klug as not only brilliant but also kind and gentle. 

“I am absolutely devastated,” Alan Garfinkel, a professor of integrative biology and physiology who worked with Klug to develop a computer-generated virtual heart, told the Los Angeles Times. “You cannot ask for a nicer, gentler, sweeter, and more supportive guy than William Klug.”

Immediately following the shooting, panic ensued on campus as social media postings suggested as many as four active shooters were on campus. The Times reported students hiding in buildings across campus, locking themselves in classrooms, and using furniture and other objects as barricades.

This article continues at [World Mag] Students, colleagues mourn murdered Christian professor

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