Sheriff Hoping Big Reward and Billboards Will Lead to Answers in Family Murder
WHO KILLED THE SUN FAMILY? $70,000 REWARD.
You'll be seeing that on billboards in the Houston area and in other parts of the state since investigators still can't tell us what happened to a Cypress family found murdered inside their Fosters Creek Drive home.
While the shock from the murder has subsided somewhat, the anxiety over the lack of answers only increases daily. At a press conference today Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, members of the Houston Chinese Alliance, Houston Crime Stoppers and billboard company Clear Channel announced they were getting the billboards up.
The sheriff's office also released a timeline, saying the murders happened within a 28-hour window. The entire family, including wife Mei Xie, husband Maoye Sun and their school-age kids Titus and Timothy Sun were killed, authorities say, between Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. Their bodies were found, with bullet wounds to the head, the following Thursday on Jan. 30. Sheriff's place the killings between the time Sun left his job at Cameron International for the weekend, and the kids' Boy Scout event on Saturday.
It's not clear if Sun's job put up funds to help the family, which was mentioned in an article in the Chronicle. A vigil for the family two weeks ago drew members of the Chinese community as well as state Rep. Gene Wu.
The murders shook up the entire community. On the day of the vigil Fan Yong, a representative from the Chinese Consulate here in Houston, told the Xinhua news agency the consulate had issued a security warning to the local Chinese community.
And there were reports in the Chinese media of residents strapping up.
Perhaps the massive media campaign on the murders will yield some leads. Or, authorities could find themselves with fresh clues once evidence collected from the scene comes back from the crime lab.
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