Ex-UC Irvine Student Throws Mom Off Building, Then Jumps to His Death

December 15, 2022

IRVINE, CA—A former University of California Irvine student threw his mother off a campus building before jumping to his death earlier this week.

The bodies of Thao Thai Nguyen, 77, and Andrew Nguyen Doan, 36, were found on the ground outside 214 Pereira Drive, a plaza in the School of Social Sciences, just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 13.

“The investigation has determined Doan picked up Nguyen and threw her off the landing of a multistory building. Doan then jumped from the same landing to his death,” police said.

Authorities are still investigating what caused the murder-suicide.

According to NBC News, police have records of contacting Doan multiple times in the past, with the last call for service in 2019 regarding “mental health concerns.” He last attended UC Irvine in 2019.

Doan attended UC Irvine from September 2017 through June 2019, but did not graduate. He studied biological sciences.

Chancellor Howard Gillman issued a statement on Tuesday.

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

Feature Screenshot via CBS Los Angeles

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