26 Year-Old Man Kills Herbalist, His Wife And 5 Year-Old Daughter Over Money
Pierre Haobsh, 26, has been charged with “murder with special circumstances” after using a handgun to slaughter a popular Chinese family in California. He is also being charged for multiple killings.
Authorities are stating that Haobsh shot Dr. Weidong “Henry” Han, 57, his 29-year-old wife, Huijie “Jenni” Yu, and the couple’s 5-year-old daughter, Emily Han.
Officers insinuate the murders were over a business dispute between Haobsh and Han as they had both earlier been in a business transaction..
Dr Han, a popular Chinese herbalist, was killed alongside his family in their multimillion-dollar home on the outskirts of Santa Barbara.
The 57 year-old’s body was discovered when County sheriff’s deputies who went to check on his welfare on Wednesday.
Authorities said the entire family was shot in their heads and their bodies wrapped in plastic and duct-taped in the garage.
Sheriff Bob Brown of the Santa Barbara department said: “A loaded gun and property belonging to one of the victims was found inside the car where Haobsh was arrested”.
Han had owned and operated the Santa Barbara Herb Clinic since 1991, providing traditional treatments to a long-list of clients, according to the clinic’s website.
The traditional doctor is also a licensed acupuncturist and acupressurist according to public records.
Han’s site showed he came from a family of Chinese doctors.
Haobsh was arrested at gunpoint in San Diego County, Friday. The Oceanside California resident was picked at a gas station more than 170 miles south of the killing scene.
He made a brief court appearance Tuesday, but did not enter a plea. His arraignment was scheduled for April 14.
Santa Barbara County prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty.
ABC News said:
Dr Han earned degrees in Oriental and Western medicine from a Beijing university in 1982, graduating at the top of his class. He moved to the U.S. a few years later to study psychology.
He is co-author of the book “Ancient Herbs, Modern Medicine,” and he was working on a volume about how to integrate Chinese and Western medicine.