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Friends, family, mourn father, two sons killed in home invasion robbery

Sheriff’s deputies escort two people from a crime scene in south Sacramento where three men were found shot to death on Thursday.
Sheriff’s deputies escort two people from a crime scene in south Sacramento where three men were found shot to death on Thursday. rpench@sacbee.com

Relatives and friends turned to social media to express sorrow and sympathy for the family of a father and two sons who were shot to death Thursday in a home invasion robbery.

Sacramento County coroner’s officials identified the victims as Thanh Le, 56, and his sons Dong Le, 32, and Tien Le, 21.

No one answered Friday morning at the house in Sacramento County’s Countryside neighborhood, where the shooting occurred. A sign on the front door of the beige two-story home warned “Beware of the Dog.” Neighbors said they didn’t know the family.

But remembrances and expressions of grief were posted on Facebook. Thanh Le, who lost the father whose name she shared and two brothers, wrote: “Two cowards entered the family home and took the lives of my beautiful baby brother, my older brother and my father. The reason is unknown to me, but they have taken away three of the only six family members I have in the US. We are a very small family and those cowards took half of them away from me in a blink of an eye.”

Tien Le also had a Facebook page in which he identified himself as a graduate of C.K. McClatchy High School and attending Sacramento State.

He lists his girlfriend as Vivian Leung, and she has multiple posts about Le on her Facebook page. “This is so hard to realize the fact that he is really gone,” she wrote. “We had plans of our future together. He was such an amazing and positive person.”

A webpage has been set up to collect donations to help the family at gofundme.com/23kkrpr5. As of late Friday afternoon, the effort had raised more than $13,000.

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies were called to the residence in the 8700 block of Ardith Drive, near Elk Grove Florin Road, about 6:30 a.m. Thursday. They found the three men suffering from gunshot wounds. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District personnel responded, and all three victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull said there were others in the home at the time of the shooting and they were uninjured.

The initial investigation was slowed by a language barrier until Vietnamese-speaking officers arrived at the scene.

Sheriff’s officials said two or three people, wearing dark clothing and masks, forced their way into the residence. After the shooting, the intruders fled in a dark-colored compact vehicle.

Turnbull said the investigation was continuing Friday, and no new information was available. The shootings are not believed to be gang-related, he said.

Detectives ask anyone with information pertaining to the case to call the Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357. Tip information also may be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com, by texting 274637 and entering the keyword “SSD,” or by calling 916-874-8477.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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