The tragic passing of York student Qian Liu

York President & Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri issued this message on Monday:

Dear members of the York community:

Toronto Police Service has identified the female victim in the suspicious death investigation in The Village, a community south of our campus, as Qian (Necole) Liu, a student at the York University English Language Institute.  

Qian’s death is a terrible tragedy and our entire community mourns the loss of a promising young student. Our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy go out to her family, friends and classmates. 

As we grieve this loss, I encourage anyone who wishes to speak with a counsellor to contact York University Counselling & Disability Services at 416-736-5297 (during the day), or the Community Crisis Response Program at 416-498-0043 (24 hours). 

The tragic passing of a member of the York community affects us all. I would ask students, faculty and staff to reach out to one another at this very difficult time. 

York Security Services continues to provide police with any information and assistance that may help them in their investigation.  

Toronto police have issued a statement that provides a description of a person of interest. If you have any information, please contact Detective Sergeant Frank Skubic at 416-808-7399, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

This message is also available in Chinese.