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

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jun 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-27 17:27:26-04

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.