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Arrest made in San Francisco home slayings

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15:27, March 26, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, March 25 (Xinhua) -- One man has been arrested for allegedly killing five people in a San Franciscan home Friday morning, local police said Sunday.

Binh Thai Luc, a 35-year-old San Francisco resident, has been charged with five counts of murder, the San Francisco police said at a press conference Sunday evening. The suspect has a prior criminal record.

San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr said the victims had "blunt trauma," and the investigation is still going on to determine an exact cause of death.

Suhr noted that the victims were specifically targeted, reassuring the public that the slayings were not the act of a random killer.

An ABC local news report said the suspect is associated with a Vietnamese street gang and the motive may have been gambling debts.

The multiple homicide was reported shortly before 8:00 a.m. local time (1500 GMT) Friday when a family member first found three bodies in the two-story home near the City College of San Francisco. Police, who later found two more bodies, said four of the victims were members of the same family.

Citing sources in the police department, local media said a 12-year-old girl in the family found the gruesome scene.

Police initially said this might be a murder-suicide case, but they said later that the scene was too complex and bloody and they couldn't decide how they were killed.

Although identities of the victims are not officially released, friends of 32-year-old Vincent Lei started a memorial for him Friday evening. He is believed to be killed along with his wife, mother, father and older sister Yingxue Jess Lei. All of them are reported to be immigrants from China.

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