Mother, 7-year-old daughter found in Beach home after apparent murder-suicide

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Virginia Beach, Va. - Police say the two people found dead inside a Virginia Beach home on Wednesday have been identified as a 40-year-old woman and her 7-year-old daughter.

The deaths are being investigated as a filicide (the act of killing one's own son or daughter)/suicide.

Calls came in to emergency officials at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25. Thu Thau Havan, 40, and Isabella Havan, 7, were found by a family member inside a home in the 2200 block of Chicks Beach Court.

Police say the causes of death were gunshot wounds. The mother died of an intra-oral gunshot wound to her neck, while her daughter had gunshot wounds to her head and chest.

"Well, it shook me pretty good, and I didn't know what to do. I walked over and asked the officer what was going on and they all looked pretty serious, but they weren't asking me any questions so I wasn't sure what was happening," says Brian Longtin, who lives next door.

Neighbors say the mother and daughter were  renters and moved in about a year ago. They are described as quiet and neighbors say they kept to themselves.

Virginia Beach Police say the case remains under investigation by the Department's Homicide Unit.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for more updates on this developing story.


  • Derek M.

    Have you heard anymore details regarding the death of the two people found in the home on Chicks Beach Court. I have received a couple of phone calls tonight about who lived in this home. I had briefly met them on several occasions. A mother and a daughter. The mother’s name is Tui. I cannot recalled the daughter’s name. People that I know are speculating that they were killed by Tui’s husband. Tui and her husband are going through a divorce. I have never met the husband, and do not know his name.

  • NP

    I just got a phone call from my friends too. I couldn’t believe it when I heard that. I am so devastated it. I have known the mother & the daughter for a long time. I agree with Derek that people are speculating that they were killed by her husband. She has been having trouble with the in-law families for a while. Whoever & why???…. We all just have to wait for the police department. I don’t know what to say anymore but My heart goes out to you & your family. I feel like I have loss my sister.

  • MYOB!

    Maybe some of you busybodies should stop “speculating” (i.e. gossiping) and wait for the facts. Don’t you have lives of your own to attend to?

  • kim

    sucuide is not the the way out ever! But to take someone with you is just crazy, that is so sad that a child with there whole life left is gone. Makes me very sad about the world we live in today.

    • Beth

      Where in the article does it say it was a suicide? Let the investigators handle it before you make assumptions. SMH.

      • twins mom

        Maybe you should read the article. It clearly states filicide (killing of one’s own son or daughter) and suicide.
        And to the ones saying “nosey neighbors”, I hope my neighbors would speak up and talk to officers if something seemed suspicious.
        My heart goes out to this family and I hope they get closure.

    • Poor lady.

      Even so-since we don’t know what was going through this poor woman’s head before she died, let’s have some compassion, yes? Of course the rest of us can’t understand why, but she, too, is a victim, and it is just a sad, sad thing all around. And it doesn’t have anything to do with the way the world is today-unfortunately, murder/suicide is not a completely modern development, dearie.

      • Jenn

        I’m sorry but I will have no compassion for a woman who takes her own daughter’s life. She is not a victim, she committed murder before killing herself. I feel horrible for the family & friends involved in this, but that’s where my compassion for this ends. So sorry dearie, but this woman is no victim.

  • Daisy

    The mother’s name is ‘Thu Thao’, not ‘Thu Thau’ like all the news have it. I knew the mother, though we had not kept in touch in years. Sending condolences to both families. It is always incomprehensible and devastating when lives are lost like this.

  • Shame on you!

    I hope all you people who were accusing the husband/father of doing this terrible thing before you had all the facts are now thoroughly ashamed of yourselves! If you are not, you should be. Derek M. and NP, I am looking at you….you had no reason to air their dirty laundry online like that, especially when I sincerely doubt you knew any of it for a fact, and it would serve you right if the family sued you. Shame on you both!

    • anon

      Perhaps, but the investigators now have complete records of their communications on the computer. They can determine whether the allegations of long-term psychological abuse are accurate and if that contributed to her mental state

  • Jenn

    That’s what wrong with this world… people like you making light & making jokes about something horrible.

  • Brooke Nguyen

    I would ask that everyone please stop commenting negatively about this. Our family is trying very hard to deal with this and my younger cousin is trying to deal with the loss of Isabella. We all just saw her at a family member’s birthday party 3 weeks ago. I don’t want anyone else from my family finding this article and getting upset by what people are saying. Please and thank you for your consideration.

    • manh

      My condolences too your family on the loss. I somewhat knew Thu Thao through her roommate back 14 years ago. This is a shock to me.

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