Slain Family Identified; "Machete-Like Knife" Allegedly Used in Murder
|Police work the crime scene Friday afternoon|
Hua Shun Lei, 65; his wife, Wan Yi Xu, 62; and their children Vincent Lei, 32, and Ying Xue Lei, 37. The third female was identified as Chia Huei Chu, 30.
Some 40 investigators are still combing the crime scene, which police have described as one of the most gruesome they've seen; apparently, the suspect had tossed bleach everywhere, attempting to manipulate the investigation.
And the tactic worked; investigators had initially thought two of the victims were shot in what police thought was a possible murder-suicide. But after spending the weekend investigating the scene, officers arrested 35-year-old Binh Thai Luc on suspicion of killing all five victims. Some reports have claimed that the killing was motivated by money and debt, but police have not confirmed a motive. They did tell reporters that they believe the victims were killed with a machete-type knife.
The Chron unveiled the suspect's criminal past, including an eight-year stint in prison for robbing a Chinese restaurant in Santa Clara County. Immigration authorities are also exploring whether Luc is in violation of immigration laws and could be deported.
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