Houston Murders Reach China

Mysterious Cypress family murders become headline news in China: Sheriff vows to track down the killers

Mysterious Cypress family murders become headline news in China

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A gruesome family murder in Cypress is making headlines on China's state-run CCTV network. Courtesy of Central China Television
Cypress family murder February 2014 Channel 55 news anchor Tiffany Zhang Chinese television
Houston detectives have partnered with Houston reporter Tiffany Zhang at ITV, one of the city's largest Chinese language networks. Photo courtesy of KHOU Houston Channel 11
Cypress family murders China Central Television CCTV
Reports from China note that the victims' siblings have been notified and will travel to the U.S. to identify the bodies. Courtesy of Central China Television
Cypress family murders China Central Television CCTV
Cypress family murder February 2014 Channel 55 news anchor Tiffany Zhang Chinese television
Cypress family murders China Central Television CCTV
Cypress family murder February 2014 Chinese TV bulletin in Chinese characters

With few leads and clues, the Harris County Sheriff's Office is turning to Chinese-language media outlets to help solve a horrific quadruple murder case in Cypress.

Fifty-year-old engineer Maoye Sun and his wife Mei Xie, 49 — both naturalized Chinese immigrants — were found shot to death inside their family home on Jan. 30 along with their two young sons — only 7 and 9 years old. Sheriff Adrian Garcia has vowed to track down the killer or killers, but admits investigators have little information.

The murders have become headline news on China's central state-run TV channel.

The victims have no reported family in the United States. As such, detectives are working with news reporter Tiffany Zhang with ITV Ch. 55.5 — one of Houston's most-established Chinese-language channels — to help spread the word throughout the local Chinese community and beyond.

“This is just a single family here," she tells KHOU Ch. 11. "So we just try to do from the outside, as brothers and sisters, to do things we can.”

The Cypress murders have become headline news in China, with stories broadcasting on the state-run China Central Television (CCTV). Recent reports note that the victims' siblings have been notified and plan to travel to the United States to identify the bodies and attend a Houston memorial service.

With no known witnesses or reports of gunshots near the victims' home, rumors of a professional hit man and targeted killings continue to circulate throughout Houston's Chinese community. According to Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, gun control and issues of self-protection have become hot topics among local immigrants in the wake of the murders.

Watch the KHOU Ch. 11 report: