HARBOR CITY (AP) — Los Angeles police say a 60-year-old man killed his wife and adult daughter at their home, then leapt to his death from the top of a nearby building.
Police said in a statement that a relative called police Sunday to say 60-year-old Bach Xuan Nguyen had given them a letter saying he had killed his wife and daughter and intended to commit suicide.
The relative drove to the house, saw one of the victims, and called police.
City firefighters declared Nguyen’s wife, Bich Loan Truong, 56; and his daughter, Lisa Truong Nguyen, 27, dead at the scene.
“She was really nice,” the family’s longtime neighbor Rosia Tucker said of Truong. “The daughter was in college. She was here for two weeks vacation.”
Tucker said the family had lived in the home for about 10 years.
She said Nguyen, a pharmaceutical salesman, had been in and out of the hospital with cancer, and the family had been unsuccessfully trying to sell the home.
At about 11:30 a.m. a report came in that a man had killed himself by jumping from the roof of the 11-story Harbor Tower retirement home in San Pedro.
Police later determined that the man was Nguyen.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office would conduct an autopsy to determine the women’s cause of death, police said, but early indications were that they died from blunt force trauma.
Detectives were still looking for a motive in the killings and the investigation was continuing, police said.
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