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Police name person of interest in Yale grad student homicide investigation

Kevin Jiang was shot and killed on February 6. A large investigation has expanded to multiple towns.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Sources say law enforcement officials have been searching part of the North Haven Auto Body property for the gun used in Yale grad student Kevin Jiang’s murder. 

Police named MIT graduate student Qinxuan Pan as a person of interest and is wanted for questioning in connection with the homicide investigation of Jiang. 

Jiang was killed Saturday night in New Haven.

Police have two active arrest warrants out for Pan, neither in relation to the homicide investigation. Pan should be considered armed and dangerous. It is also believed Pan is outside of Connecticut but Police would not go into further details.

The 26-year-old Jiang was shot and killed on February 6 in the Goatville neighborhood in New Haven, where many Yale students and employees live. He was enrolled at the Yale School of Environment and was part of the class of 2022.

Anyone who sees Pan, 29, is asked to call the police at (203)946-6304 or the New Haven Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 1-866-888-8477. One can also email.   He was last seen at a Best Western Hotel in North Haven. 

MIT released a statement regarding the investigation saying it does not comment on criminal matters of this nature. The school did confirm Pan has been enrolled in its Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since September 2014. He received his undergraduate degrees in computer science and mathematics in 2014. 

The school added Jiang's fiancée, Zion Perry, who graduated from the Institue in 2020 with a degree in biological engineering. 

"We extend our heartfelt condolences to her, the Yale community, and all those impacted in this unfathomably painful time," said a spokesperson for the school. 

Sources told FOX61 on Tuesday both the North Haven and New Haven Police have visited the Arby's Restaurant on Route 5 in North Haven multiple times in connection with the investigation into the murder of Kevin Jiang.

Neither Police Department will comment on this information, citing an ongoing investigation. Arby's also declined comment. Sources also confirmed Police visited the Sims Metal recycling center in North Haven. 

New Haven Police believe Jiang was targeted but have not revealed why.

This is the fifth murder of a Yale student since 1974. The last having occurred in 2009, when Annie Le, a 24-year-old Yale School of Medicine doctoral student was killed.

The funeral service for Jiang will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church on State St. in New Haven.

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