A prominent South Bay real estate developer is believed to have shot to death his 22-year old son, a former University of San Diego basketball player who was recovering from cancer, and himself at their Los Gatos estate, according to reports.
Police have not identified the two dead bodies found at a Clara Street ranch in unincorporated Santa Clara County, according to the San Jose Mercury News. But multiple sources identified the victims to the newspaper as Imad "Ed" Daou, 50, and his son, Andrew, 22.
No shouts or gunshots were heard by neighbors, who discovered the bodies on Wednesday. Investigators believe it is a murder-suicide, the newspaper reported.
Ed Daou was an official with Civitaf Corp., which had just begun several development projects in the South Bay.
Andrew Daou was a straight-A student and a basketball standout at Valley Christian High School in San Jose and walked onto the USD team before he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma during his freshman season. After a successful round of chemotherapy, the cancer returned, but he was said to be recovering again, according to reports.
Ed Daou was said to be a demanding father who extolled "excellence" from his son, but who nonetheless was his son's "biggest cheerleader," a fact that makes their ends all the more difficult to grasp, according to the newspaper.