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Accused face court for murder of Brisbane doctor

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Luping Zeng was shot dead at his Brisbane home while packing his car. Photo: ABC (Facebook)
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Two young men charged with the murder of a Brisbane doctor, who was gunned down at his home, have fronted court.

Luping Zeng, 56, was shot in the chest on Monday night in the garage of his MacGregor home while he was packing his car.

His accused murderers, Joshua Hamilton and Billy Smith, were not required to appear in the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court on Saturday.

They were charged on Friday with murder, attempted robbery with violence, and firearms offences.

The pair were remanded in custody to appear in the same court on April 23 and June 3 respectively.

A 17-year-old boy has also been charged with Dr Zeng’s murder and is expected to front the same court.

Police believe the alleged killers didn’t know Dr Zeng and robbery was the likely to be the motive behind the killing.

Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming says the youngest boy didn’t know Dr Zeng and robbery appeared to be the motive.

“It was likely this is a crime of opportunity that has escalated and resulted in the death of Dr Zeng,” he told reporters on Friday.

The three alleged killers are known to each other, Detective Superintendent Fleming said.

Dr Zeng’s wife and two adult children were at home when the shooting occurred.

He was taken in a critical condition to Princess Alexandra Hospital where he died.

Dr Zeng had three decades of medical experience, spoke three languages and was a highly regarded member of Brisbane’s Chinese community.

He moved to Australia in 2000 and worked at the Waterford 7-Day Medical Centre and Skin Cancer Clinic.

His patients reacted to the news of his death with disbelief, remembering his gentle and compassionate nature.

The arrests came after police on Thursday released photos of a stolen silver 2013 Hyundai Elantra hatchback linked to the killing.

Police renewed their appeal to the public for help locating the car, which they believe could hold vital clues.

The 17-year-old was remanded in custody while the two older males were ordered to appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday.