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New Haven Police Department/FacebookAn MIT researcher accused in the February murder of Yale graduate student Kevin Jiang has been arrested after spending months on the lam, authorities said Friday.Qinxuan Pan, a 29-year-old who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a researcher at the school’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), was finally tracked down in Alabama, according to the Massachusetts State Police.The arrest ends a months-long search for Pan, who was named a person of interest in Jiang’s murder on Feb. 19, just four days after the grad student was fatally shot multiple times on a street in New Haven, Connecticut. Later that month, on Feb. 26, officials secured an arrest warrant for the Shanghai native, spurring an international manhunt that included a “red notice” through Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization. The arrest warrant charged Pan with murder and second-degree larceny.“We are pleased to announce this morning, the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Middle District of Alabama and the Montgomery Police Department, arrested Fugitive Qinxuan Pan,” the U.S. Marshals Service said in a Friday statement.MIT and Yale University did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment. ‘I Wanted Trump to Win’: Husband Charged in Wife’s Murder Also Used Her Name to Vote The New Haven Police Department said Jiang, a 26-year-old student at Yale’s School of the Environment, was shot multiple times on the evening of Feb. 6 on a New Haven street. Pan “was in the vicinity” of the shooting.Jiang was pronounced dead at the scene near his Toyota Prius, which had sustained rear-end damage, police said. The medical examiner later ruled that Jiang’s cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head, neck, torso, and several extremities.Shortly after the crime, police briefly questioned Pan at a Best Western Hotel in New Haven after receiving a call about a man acting oddly. Afterward, Pan fled.“Kevin’s life was short but colorful, and brought so much joy, happiness, and positivity to those around him,” Linda Liu, his mother, said at this funeral on Feb. 13. “As a mother, I will always miss Kevin, and treasure the blessings he brought me. Although Kevin is gone from us now, Kevin is the most wonderful gift God has ever given me on Earth. I look forward to being reunited with Kevin in heaven in the future.”Jiang enrolled at the Ivy League university after spending two years “in environmental consulting, helping food and steel manufacturers comply with local and federal environmental regulations,” the school said in a statement. The second-year master’s student was also an Army veteran, having served as a tank operator and as a chemical, biological, radiation, and nuclear officer. He was also a member of the Army National Guard and a Chicago native.A Facebook profile that appeared to belong to Jiang shows that he had proposed to his 22-year-old girlfriend, Zion Perry, just days before his murder. Perry, a Yale biophysics doctoral student, told the New Haven Independent after Jiang’s murder that she bonded with her fiance over their shared Christian faith.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.