Photo of Qinxuan Pan Courtesy of New Haven Police Department

Qinxuan Pan, a person of interest in the shooting death of Kevin Jiang ENV ’22, crossed paths with Jiang’s fiancee multiple times while the two attended MIT, according to a report by the New Haven Independent.

Zion Perry GRD ’26, who was engaged to Jiang on Jan. 30, received her bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from MIT last year. Pan, who received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from MIT in 2013, currently works as a researcher with MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Perry and Pan both attended a birthday celebration at MIT’s Morss Hall on March 4, 2020, where they were photographed together. According to police, Pan was “in the vicinity” of where Jiang’s body was found on Saturday night. 

The New York Times reported that Pan was most recently spotted “driving with family” in the Atlanta, Georgia, suburbs early Thursday morning, five days after the shooting. 

The United States Marshals Service is now involved in the search for Pan. According to the Times, the U.S. Marshals said that Pan is believed to be staying with friends or family in Duluth or Brookhaven, two suburbs of Atlanta. The marshals said Pan was last seen “carrying a black backpack and acting strange.”

Should any citizens see Pan, the U.S. Marshals have asked them to call 1-877-926-8332 and not try arresting him themselves, as he is still considered “armed and dangerous.”

The New Haven Police Department is holding a press conference on Friday at 11 a.m. at 1 Union Ave.

Julia Brown |

Madison Hahamy | 

Correction, Feb. 12: This story has been corrected to say that U.S. Marshals are involved in the search for Pan. The story originally read that they are involved in the search for Jiang.

Julia Brown served as University Editor on the Managing Board of 2023. Previously, she covered the University's graduate and professional schools as a staff reporter. She graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics & Mathematics.
Madison Hahamy is a junior from Chicago, Illinois majoring in English and in Human Rights. She previously wrote for the Yale Daily News and served as Senior Editor for The New Journal.