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11/21/94

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Services to be held Tuesday for slain Stanford graduate student

STANFORD -- A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Memorial Church for David Liu, the Stanford University graduate student who was killed during a Palo Alto robbery Sunday, Nov. 13.

In addition, a memorial fund has been established by Liu's parents in the design division of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Liu was working toward a master's degree in the department at the time of his murder.

Liu was on leave from the division so that he could complete a year of work that is required for the degree in product design. He held two jobs, one at the Redwood City design firm Studio Red and another at the San Jose Museum of Technology.

Liu, 23, a native of Burlington, Vt., earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from Cornell University before starting graduate work at Stanford in 1993. At Cornell, he also took up the martial art of tae kwon do and earned a black belt.

His faculty adviser, Professor Rolf Faste, said Liu's academic work at Cornell was primarily theoretical. After coming to Stanford, Faste said, Liu discovered the product design program and was intrigued by its blend of art and engineering.

"He was tremendously excited" about the program, Faste said.

Palo Alto police are looking for two suspects in the robbery-murder and are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. Investigators said Liu was probably a random victim. Liu was robbed, beaten and shot after getting out of his car near an apartment complex where he had gone to visit a friend.

The memorial fund was established by Liu's parents, Ying and Josephine Liu of Phoenix, Ariz. Contributions to the fund can be sent to the School of Engineering, 205 Terman Engineering Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-4027.

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