Spite can motivate people to do horrendous things, but as a motive for killing your own son merely to get back at a wife who had left surpasses all rational understanding.http://www.mercuryews.com/los-gatos/ci_18580762?source=most_viewed
A dark secret is emerging in the tragic shooting of 22-year old Andrew Daou, murdered by a father who for all intents was seeking to strike back at the woman who left him three weeks earlier with the ultimate misery, the death of a child.
Somewhere in Ed Daou’s twisted expression of outrage, Andrew’s tragic shooting was a culmination of abuse and control by Mr. Daou who was angered that his wife Carmen had left him three weeks earlier.
Santa Clara County Deputies were called out to provide protection for Carmen who had quickly removed her things from the family home in a moving van. Marital problems appears to be the chief motive for the shooting of young Andrew.
A close family friend, who had lived across the street from the Daous for 18-years, described Mr. Daou as “an abusive husband” and the killing of Andrew was a final act of Mr. Daou to make Carmen pay for leaving him.
The neighbor explained that Carmen “had enough” and decided to take her things and her daughter away from Mr. Daou’s explosive outbursts. Mrs. Daou had sought refuge from the neighbor on several occasions just to get away from his explosive temper. Deputies have been dispatched to the Daou’s before on domestic violence complaints.
The tipping point came on July 6th when Carmen filed divorce papers to dissolve the marriage.
On the day of the double killing, Mrs. Daou and Andrew’s girlfriend could not get a hold of either Andrew or Mr. Daou all day. Uneasy, Mrs. Daou called the neighbor across the street and informed that Christina, Andrew’s sister, would be by with the house key so she could check the house.
Upon arrival Christina and the neighbor found the house dark with the curtains drawn. A nervous Christina stayed in the living room downstairs while the neighbor checked the rooms. The neighbor found Ed dead in the master bedroom and Andrew in his bedroom.
The neighbor said that something was wrong with the handsome family living in posh handsome home for quite some time.