Weapon used in Edmonton mass murder was stolen in Surrey in 2006, all victims identified


The Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on Friday that all of the seven remaining victims from Monday’s multiple homicides died from gunshot wounds.

The victims have been identified as follows:

Thuy Tien Truong, 35 (F)
Partner of Phu Lam

Elvis Lam, 8, (M)
Son of Thuy Tien Truong

Thanh Ha Thi Truong, 33 (F)
Sister of Thuy Tien Truong

Valentina Nguyen, 3 (F)
Daughter of Thanh Ha Thi Truong

Thi Dau Le, 55 (F)
Mother of Thuy Tien and Thanh Ha Thi Truong

* All of these victims lived at the 180 Avenue residence

Van Dang Truong, 55 (M)
Estranged husband of Thi Dau Le and father of Thuy Tien and Thanh Ha Thi Truong. His primary residence is undetermined at this time.

Viet Nguyen, 41, (M)
Acquaintance of Thuy Tien Truong

Cyndi Duong, 37, (F)
Relationship between members of the Duong and Lam families. She resided at Haswell Court in Southwest Edmonton.

The Medical Examiner has positively identified the lone male suspect shooter as being 53-year-old Phu Lam, who died from a self-inflicted gun-shot wound. He was the partner of Thuy Tien Truong.


EDMONTON Police Chief Rod Knecht said Tuesday that the 9mm handgun used in all the three crime scenes involving nine deaths on Monday (December 29) was reported stolen in Surrey in 2006. It was registered in B.C.in 1997.

He said the suspect had a criminal record involving drugs and violence dating back to 1987.

He said the mass murder of eight people was domestic violence.

Edmonton Police said that the Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that Cyndi Duong, 37, died Monday as a result of a gunshot wound. Southwest Division members found the deceased female’s body, while responding to a weapon’s complaint Monday evening in a residence near Haswell Court.

Autopsies on the remaining seven victims and the lone male suspect will take place on New Year’s Day, at which time cause of death and identities of the victims should be confirmed.

Police responded to a weapon’s complaint around 6:52 p.m., Monday, near Haswell Court and 16 Avenue. Upon arrival, members discovered a deceased middle-aged female.

North Division patrol officers responded to a suspicious circumstances call on Monday at an address near 83 Street and 180 Avenue at approximately 8:30 p.m., returning to the same address at approximately midnight, following a secondary check-on-welfare call involving a suicidal male.

At that time, officers were unable to locate the suicidal male in question, but upon entry, discovered the bodies of seven deceased individuals: three adult females, two adult males and two children, one female and one male.

Homicide detectives, with the assistance of Fort Saskatchewan RCMP, subsequently located a deceased male at a restaurant in that city, located approximately 40 km northeast of Edmonton, who matched the description of the suicidal male allegedly associated with the second homicide scene at 83 Street and 180 Avenue.

Media reports said the Fort Saskatchewan restaurant was the VN Express Vietnamese and Chinese Restaurant whose windows and doors seemed to have been blown out. An SUV with a smashed side window was parked in front.