It was one of the most brutal mass slayings in the Bay area. In 2012, a family of five was found bludgeoned to death with a hammer inside their San Francisco home. On Monday, the man responsible for the murders was found guilty. After six days of deliberations, a jury found Binh Thai Luc, 41, guilty on all five counts of murder, the Associated Press reports.
“This was a very gruesome, brutal murder, and we’re pleased we’re getting some accountability for the family and for the community,” District Attorney George Gascón told SF Gate.
Plumber Luc murdered husband and wife Hua Shun Lei, 65 and Wan Yi Wu, 62 and two of their children Ying Xue Lei, 37 and Vincent Lei, 32. The fifth victim, Chia Huei Chu, 30, was Vincent’s wife. Tragically, Vincent’s 12-year-old niece was the one who found all five bodies. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that blood splatter was found on Luc’s jeans. That blood belonged to one of the bludgeoned family members. According to SF Gate, the murder weapon was never found.The morning after the killing she was reportedly seen running out of the home yelling, "Mommy, bodies! Bodies!"
Luc attacked the family during a robbery gone wrong. Earlier that evening, Luc lost money at a casino. He was already in debt and had recently been served an eviction notice from his landlord. He reportedly knew that his victims -- the Lei family -- stashed money in their home. When he was arrested, Luc had over six grand on him.
In court, Luc’s attorney Mark Goldrosen pointed to a Chinatown gangster or an angry ex for the murders, not his client. Goldrosen told SF Gate that Luc was disappointed with the verdict. He now faces a potential life behind bars.
An undocumented immigrant from Vietnam, Luc was scheduled to be deported back to the country after serving time for a 1996 robbery but after the Vietnamese government didn’t provide proper documents, he was released into the Bay Area by Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE officials in 2006.
[Photo: San Francisco Police Department]