TWO people killed in an apparent murder-suicide on a college campus on Tuesday have been identified as an elderly woman and her son.
According to University of California-Irvine police, Andrew Nguyen Doan, 36, picked up his 77-year-old mother, Thao Thai, and “threw her from the landing of a multi-story building.”
After that, Doan jumped to his death.
Doan was a former student at UC Irvine and had last attended the school in 2019, police said.
“IPD has contacted Doan on multiple occasions in the past,” police said in a statement Wednesday.
“The last call for services related to mental health issues was in 2019.”
UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman released a statement following the tragic discovery.
“We are still collecting information about who the victims are and what exactly happened, but law enforcement has informed us that there is no ongoing danger to our community,” he said.
“We are still collecting information about who the victims are and what exactly happened, but law enforcement has informed us that there is no ongoing threat to our community,” Gillman added.
An investigation is ongoing, however police have no clear motive at this time.
You’re not alone
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According to the report, there were “more than two and a half times as many suicides” as homicides in the United States.
For people aged 10 to 34, suicide was the “second leading cause of death” and the fourth leading cause for those aged 35 to 54.
Suicide is a vital health problem in the United States. It affects all genders, races and ages.
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