A man who allegedly murdered his boss’s entire family after he was rejected for a promotion has finally been arrested. Authorities took 58-year-old Fang Lu into custody moments after he arrived in San Francisco from China this week, eight years after he allegedly killed the Sun family outside Houston, Texas.
- Lu faces multiple capital murder charges. On January 30, 2014, Lu is said to have massacred 50-year-old Maoye, 49-year-old MeiXie, 9-year-old Timothy, and 7-year-old Titus. All four members of the Sun family were found dead in separate bedrooms with bullet holes in their heads.
- His motivation for the brutal killings was shocking. According to court documents obtained by the Houston Chronicle, Lu killed the family because he was angry at Maoye, his boss at work, for not recommending him for a promotion. Lu had reportedly wanted to transfer to another department at Cameron International Corporation, an oil and gas company now known as Schlumberger, and wanted Maoye to put in a good word about him. However, Lu believes instead of recommending him, Maoye said something negative about him and he missed out on the promotion. Lu also claims his colleagues started treating him differently the day after he asked about the promotion.
- Lu has always denied the killings. While he did tell police that he was angry about what happened, he insists he never murdered anyone. However, his stories haven’t quite added up. He told various versions of a story about purchasing a gun and later returning it to the store without a barrel. Police got a warrant for his arrest but by then, he’d left the country.
- DNA has since tied him to the scene. Forensic technicians found DNA mixtures from a Coach purse at the crime scene that contained Lu’s DNA. While police worried they’d never be able to arrest Lu, they did manage to nab him when he landed in California on Sunday. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.