Q: Back in the 1990s at Laura Dawn Manor, 7301 FlorinWoods Drive, Sacramento, there was a robbery, and a father and a grandfather were shot and killed. Has the suspect ever been caught?
A: Two gang members, Samreth Sam Pan and Run Peter Chhoun, were convicted in a murder spree that included the July 27, 1995 slayings of a Sacramento father and son at their apartment on Florinwood Drive.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Huent Luu, 47, and his father, Letnip Luu, 74, were shot and killed during a home invasion robbery. Huent Luu and his wife, Quien Luu, eked out a living selling candy and sodas out of their apartment. At night, the couple and their three children would open the kitchen window and sell their goods to friends and neighbors waiting on their tiny patio.
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About 9 p.m., Quien Luu was standing inside the open doorway of the apartment when three men approached. One pressed a medium-caliber handgun against Quien Luu’s thigh and pulled the trigger. The men then walked inside and, without provocation, shot Huent Luu in the chest and Letnip Luu in the head, Sacramento County sheriff’s officials said. Both died at the scene.
Pan, Chhoun and a 16-year-old Pomona youth were arrested in connection with the killings in August 1995. According to an Associated Press story, the Sacramento case eventually was combined with a Los Angeles County case and tried in Los Angeles under a law used in serial killings. In Los Angeles Times stories at the time of the trial, the Sacramento victims were identified by different names. Quien Luu’s husband was identified as Nghiep Thich Le and his father as Hung Dieu Le.
Pan, now 33 years old, and Chhoun, now 42, were sentenced to death. Both are in San Quentin State Prison.