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5 S.F. slaying victims identified; suspect has criminal record

March 26, 2012 |  3:28 pm

Suspect in the slayings of 5 in San FranciscoThe San Francisco medical examiner has identified the five people who were found brutally slain inside a home in a quiet neighborhood last week.

Hua Shun Lei, 65; Vincent Lei, 32; Ying Xue Lei, 37; Wan Yi Xu, 62; and Chia Huei Chu, 30, all of San Francisco, were the victims, said Medical Examiner Deputy Director William Ahern.

Ahern said it was not yet clear if any of them were related, and their causes of death had not been determined. He said autopsies were scheduled, but the timeline for the exams was unclear.

The victim identifications come a day after San Francisco police announced the arrest of Binh Thai Luc in connection with the slayings. Police said the three women and two men died of blunt trauma, some by an edged weapon.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that Luc previously spent eight years behind bars for robbing a restaurant and is also being investigated for possible immigration violations.

The Chronicle reports that Luc terrorized employees at gunpoint and stole cash in a Chinese restaurant robbery in the 1990s and was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 1998. He served only eight years of his term and was released by 2006.

The newspaper also reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on Luc, meaning if he is released by local authorities, he must be handed over to ICE.

"We believe the subject is potentially deportable," ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice told the paper.

Binh Thai Luc’s brother Brian Luc has also been arrested and charged with unrelated narcotics violations, police said in a statement Sunday. The two lived together in San Francisco.

Initially, police thought the killings might be a murder-suicide. The crime scene was so mangled, authorities had trouble identifying the preliminary causes of death.

San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza said in an interview that the bodies of the five victims were discovered about 7:45 a.m. Friday by a woman who may also be a family member.

Esparza said authorities received a call from the woman with access to the house who arrived to find a man dead in the foyer and two more bodies in the garage.

“Then she ran out of the house,” Esparza said. “It’s pretty traumatic.”

When authorities arrived, they discovered the other two bodies in the back of the house.


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Photo: Binh Thai Luc. Credit: San Francisco Police Department.