Twin Brothers Arrested After SJSU Student Fatally Stabbed

By Lisa Fernandez and Kim Tere
|  Monday, Jan 27, 2014  |  Updated 7:22 PM PDT
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Twin brothers Anh (left) and Duc Tong (right) are seen in booking photos provided by the San Jose Police Department.

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Man Stabbed, Killed in East San Jose

Police in San Jose are investigating a deadly stabbing in the city’s East Foothills. It happened about 1:30 Sunday morning, and friends said the victim is a San Jose State student. NBC Bay Area’s Kimberly Tere reports from San Jose with the latest on the investigation.

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Twin brothers were arrested Monday in connection with the death of a 22-year-old student at San Jose State University, who family said was trying to break up a fight at his girlfriend's 21st birthday party.

San Jose Police Officer Albert Morales said officers took Anh Tong and Duc Tong, both 18 of San Jose, into custody following the stabbing death of Richard Phan on Sunday just before 1:30 a.m.

Police were called out to a home in the 3400 block of Suncrest Avenue after someone called 911 to say that a person had been stabbed. There had been a fight at the party, police and witnesses said, and Phan had tried to break it up.

Phan was stabbed and was pronounced dead a short time later.

It's unclear what the fight was over. And police gave no further details on how and where they arrested the twins, or their connection to Phan, who became San Jose's fourth homicide victim of 2014.

Over the weekend, Phan's uncle, Paul Pham described him as a "very nice, hard-working guy" who went to school at San Jose State and was majoring in biological science.

He also said that during the party for Phan's girlfriend, about 20 to 30 people moved to the front of the house, where an argument was escalating.

That's when Phan got involved. He asked the troublemakers to leave.

"He tried to be the peace maker," Paul Pham said. "He tried to break up the fight and somehow he got stabbed."

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