SAN JOSE -- The tragedy of a woman found stabbed to death inside a car parked near an Evergreen-area church last week was compounded by the revelation Thursday that she was likely attacked by her son, who committed suicide soon after, according to the San Jose Police Department.

Police were alerted to the stabbing around 11 a.m. Aug. 28, when someone called 911 and reported seeing a woman slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle parked behind the Grace Church at Aborn and Kettmann roads. Lien Thi Do, 55, whose listed residence was Hayward, was pronounced dead at the scene from an apparent stab wound.

A short time later, her son, 22-year-old San Jose resident Quy Xuan Pham, was found dead from an apparent hanging nearby along Thompson Creek, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office. Police say Pham killed himself, and a subsequent investigation determined that he likely killed his mother.

Detectives do not believe any other people were involved, and said the mother and son have no connection with the church. Additional details were not released.

Do was the city's 25th homicide victim this year. At the same point in 2013, there were 33 homicides.

Anyone with information about the case can contact Detective Sgt. Rick Yu or Detective Ken Tran at 408-277-5283 or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or with svcrimestoppers.org.


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