The Unsolved Murder of the Sun Family
Case File Overview
The Sun family was found murdered in their home in Harris County, Texas, on January 30th, 2014.
Maoye Sun, 50, an engineer; his wife, Mei Xie, 49; and their sons, Timothy, 9; and Titus, 7 were all shot in the head execution-style in separate bedrooms.
Scene of the crime: 14015 Fosters Creek Drive
Maoye’s co-workers became concerned when he missed several days of work. He was a mechanical engineer for Cameron, a Houston-based oil and gas industry equipment manufacturer. After Maoye’s co-workers contacted the Harris County police, they did a welfare check on the Suns around 7:30 pm and discovered their bodies.
Authorities noticed that the back door of the house was open and a window at the rear of the house was broken. The police described the crime scene as “horrific.”
No weapons were found in the home, so a murder-suicide scenario was quickly ruled out.
After autopsies were performed, the estimated time of death was determined to be sometime between January 24th at 7:00 pm and January 25th at 11:00 am.
The Sun family’s brutal killing remains unsolved.
Case File Theories
Were the Suns murdered during a home invasion robbery? This is hard to know because police are being extremely tight-lipped about the case. They haven’t released the type of gun used in the crime or if anything was missing from the home. The police have, however, said that the Suns were your average, quiet family and didn’t appear to be linked to illegal activities. This points to their death being a random killing. However, I think that a typical robber wouldn’t murder four people in cold blood, including two children. Also, none of the victims had been tied up prior to their death, which is quite common in home invasion robberies. Although possible, it doesn’t feel like this heinous crime was random.
Did a corrupt Chinese official have the Sun family executed? The Chinese media has reported that Zhou Yongkang, a top Communist Party member, confessed to placing a hit on the Sun family.
While being interrogated about his involvement in corruption, Zhou stated that he had the family killed because Maoye, a former employee of the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, was privy to Zhou’s illegal dealings when Zhou was in the state oil industry in the 1990s. Also, Maoye reportedly managed Zhou’s assets in the United States and handled classified documents. This theory strikes me as both plausible and far-fetched. Officials have been quick to point out that Zhou’s involvement hasn’t been substantiated. Moreover, most of the media outlets that reported Zhou’s confession have a mixed record of accuracy.
Who do you think murdered the Sun family?
Police are not giving up on this case. They have even put up billboards along Houston highways to try to generate tips and have brought in the FBI for assistance.
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia spoke directly to the murderer(s) during a news conference. He stated, “I want you to remember that you killed two children. I want that to burn in your brain.” He went on to say, “I want it to give you a heart condition. I want it to give you ulcers.” Statements like this make it clear that the police are working hard to seek justice for the Sun family.
The Sun family
Investigators believe that the public, especially the Chinese community, might have information that could help solve this case. The police, however, feel that members of the Chinese community are too afraid to speak out. It’s time that someone bravely steps forward to help the Sun’s loved ones and family overseas attain some sense of closure.
There is a $75,000 reward in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call Houston Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS (8477) or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Division at (713) 967-5810
“Six months after Cypress family slain, wary community wonders” – Houston Chronicle article
“Investigators release new details in Cypress murders” – Cypress Creek Mirror article
“Sheriff to killer: I want memory of murders to give you ulcers” – CBC News article
“Did China’s former Security Chief order the murder of a family in the US?” – The Epoch Times article