It is with great sadness that I report the untimely passing of two brilliant young minds from the Bay Area tech community. According to reports, the bodies of Liren Chen and Xuanyi Yu were discovered in their Los Altos home on March 11th in what authorities are characterizing as a double homicide. Both Chen and Yu worked as software engineers for technology giant Google.
Chen, aged 23, and Yu, aged 24, were accomplished alumni of top Chinese and American universities including Tsinghua and UC San Diego respectively. According to friends and former professors, they showed tremendous promise in their fields and were loved for their warmth, kindness and intellect. Their lives were cut tragically short before they had a chance to fulfill their full potential.
Preliminary investigation by the Los Altos Police Department indicates Chen took his own life after first shooting Yu. A motive for the apparent murder-suicide has not yet been established and the exact sequence of events on that fateful day remains under investigation.
The local community is in mourning over the loss of these two gifted young lives. Both Chen and Yu will be missed dearly by all those whose lives they touched during their too brief time together. My thoughts are with their families, friends and colleagues as they struggle to come to terms with this tragic end. May their memories endure as an inspiration.