CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Chicago will grant a doctorate degree to a student who was killed during a series of shootings last winter.

Colleagues got access to key documents in Yiran Fan’s Dropbox account and successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation about bank behaviors and risky lending.

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The 30-year-old Fan was randomly killed while sitting in a car in a parking garage in January, the first of seven people to be shot by a single gunman.

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Five died. Professor Veronica Guerrieri says Fan, a native of Beijing, was an “amazing student.”

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