Police say former UC Irvine student threw mother off campus building then jumped himself

Police investigating apparent murder-suicide at UC Irvine


A former University of California Irvine student killed his 77-year-old mother by throwing her off a campus building and then jumped herself, police said Wednesday.

Police said the bodies of Thao Thai Nguyen and his 36-year-old son, Andrew Nguyen Doan, were found at Social Science Plaza B on Tuesday afternoon.

A police statement said investigators determined that Dunn picked up his mother and threw her off the landing before jumping.

Doan was a biological sciences major at UC Irvine from September 2017 to June 2019, but did not graduate, UCI spokesman Tom Wasich told the Los Angeles Times.

The police had contacted him several times before as well. The last one happened in 2019 and involved “mental health concerns,” the statement said.

Police said investigators are trying to ascertain the motive for the murder-suicide.

Chancellor Howard Gilman said the university was “cooperating fully” with the police investigation.

“At this time, our primary sympathies are with the victims and their families,” he said in a statement. “But there are also members of the UCI community who have been contacted to assist with the investigation and share their knowledge of what may have happened.”

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal ideation, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or dial 988.

For more information about mental health care resources and support, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline, Monday through Friday, 10 am-6 pm ET, at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email info@ can be reached.

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