Graduate Student in Murder-Suicide Faced Dismissal

The student who killed an associate professor before committing suicide last week at California State University, Northridge, was in danger of being dropped from a engineering master's program because of a low grade from the teacher, authorities said Monday.

Los Angeles police said an argument over the grade prompted the student, Fawwaz Abdin, 25, of Northridge, to shoot computer science teacher Djamshid (Amir) Asgari, 35, Wednesday. Abdin then shot himself once in the head, police said.

Abdin's identity was not disclosed until Monday because of the time it took to notify his family in Amman, Jordan, a coroner's spokesman said.

Although officials have not disclosed Abdin's grade, Police Lt. Warren Knowles said it was low enough "to disqualify him from the master's program."

"He was disenchanted," Knowles said.

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