Subway franchisee, Bao Lam, and his wife Jenny, both 61, were found bound and shot dead in their home at a gated community in Spring, Texas.
Their adult son Richard called police on Saturday to check on his parents when he hadn’t heard from them in two days. Police broke into the two-story home that night and found the bodies of the couple on the first floor.
Additionally, the gated Northgate Country Club community home was vandalized, and firearms and other items were confirmed to be missing.
According to police, they believe the double murder was not random, and that the Lams were targeted.
Lam was the owner of six Subway sandwich shops in the Houston area.
“It’s very scary. That’s why I am worried right now,” one neighbor said to The Daily Mail. “You don’t know what is going on next door.”
ABC13 Eyewitness News reported that the home had been completely ransacked and the couple were “executed.”
“Everything was disturbed,” said Harris Co. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “Furniture was overturned, drawers were opened. It will take some time to process the scene.”
The Houston Chronicle quoted police as saying it appears the couple were ambushed as they parked their car in the garage Thursday evening at 8:40 p.m.
KPRC2 Houston reported that the couple’s son, Richard Lam, had begun taking over much of the responsibilities of the business, but his parents had been handling it for the past week while he was away on a cruise. When he returned home from vacation Saturday morning, he tried calling them several times, then went to the home. When no one came to the door, he called the police.
Richard said his parents worked hard to help others. Both immigrated to the United States as teens with student visas. Together, they built a life as business owners, helping employees along the way.
“They’re not just employees, they’re part of the family,” Richard said. “Anytime somebody has any issues, financial issues or personal issues, we’ll sit down. We have an open door policy,” Lam said, describing his parents’ relationship with their employees.
Bao and Jenny Lam leave behind Richard and a daughter.
Richard said his parents were active in the local Buddhist community, donating time, money, and other items to help their temple.