McLean deaths ap­pear to be mur­der-sui­cide

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Rachel Weiner

A McLean man killed his wife and son Fri­day be­fore shoot­ing him­self, po­lice in Fair­fax County said Saturday.

Hong Chen, 52, Shirley Zhou, 48, and James Wen­jie Chen, 16, were found dead in their home early Fri­day af­ter­noon. A fam­ily mem­ber had called po­lice af­ter look­ing in a win­dow of the Windy Hill Road home and see­ing a dead body. When po­lice ar­rived and searched the home, they found the other two fam­ily mem­bers dead in­side.

The fam­ily also has a daugh­ter, who neigh­bors said is away at col­lege.

“He was a very bright young man,” said Sid­darth Am­bar­dar, whose son was a class­mate of James Wen­jie Chen’s on Lan­g­ley High School’s vic­to­ri­ous Vir­ginia Science Olympiad team. “We are shocked and hor­ri­fied. [My son] is dis­traught . . . . It’s just flab­ber­gast­ing.”

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