UNC professor dies after Chapel Hill mugging; two men arrested

Derick Davis II, 23, of Durham, and Troy Arrington Jr., 27, of Chapel Hill.

Derick Davis II, 23, of Durham, and Troy Arrington Jr., 27, of Chapel Hill.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Two men are in police custody after a UNC Chapel Hill researcher died from injuries in a robbery and beating Wednesday.

WTVD-TV reported that the assault happened Wednesday on W. University Drive. Investigators said the victim – 59-year-old Feng Liu of Durham – died at UNC Hospital Thursday morning.

Feng Liu

Feng Liu

A spokesperson for UNC said Liu was a research professor at the pharmacy school who worked with graduate students in a lab setting. According to a bio page on the school’s website, Liu got his BS and MS in pharmaceutics science at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, China, and PhD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

His research focused on gene and drug delivery.

Prior to Liu’s death, Chapel Hill police said Derick Davis II, 23, of Scots Pine Crossing, Durham, was charged with assault, robbery and possession of stolen goods.

Troy Arrington Jr., 27, of Johnson Street, Chapel Hill, was charged with assault and robbery.

Both men were in the Orange County Jail. Police said the investigation continues and upgraded charges are coming.

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