Friend: NC Man Whose Family Was Slain Won't Eat

A family friend says a man whose wife and three children were found slain in their North Carolina home believes he has no reason to live and hasn't eaten since the deaths.

Mai Cai, who lives next door, said Friday that Brian Tzeo hasn't eaten since he learned his wife, two daughters and son were killed Thursday morning while he was at work. They were found shot or stabbed to death in their home near Conover, about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte.

A witness told authorities she'd picked up the 17-year-old daughter for school, but returned to the home after telling her of seeing a suspicious man near the house. When they returned, the teen opened the front door and was pulled into the house by the same unidentified man.

The other children were a 20-year-old woman and 3-year-old boy.


Authorities are trying to compile an accurate description of a man suspected of killing a mother and her three children in their North Carolina home.

Catawba County Sheriff David Huffman said Friday that deputies are stopping commuters in the neighborhood to ask if anyone saw the suspicious man lingering near the house before the family was found dead Thursday morning.

He said investigators have received varying descriptions -- different races, ages, heights and weights.

Huffman said he believes the house was targeted when the father was away at work. Deputies were processing a gun found in the bushes nearby and two stolen vehicles that were found Thursday still running, one near the home and one near the school of one of the victims.



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North Carolina authorities are looking for a suspect in the slayings of a mother and her three children in their home.

Catawba County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Coy Reid says a teenage girl who called 911 on Thursday morning said a man had grabbed her friend who was walking up to the house near Conover and pulled her inside. Conover is about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte.

The caller said she picked her friend up for school. But her friend asked to go home when the teen told her she had just seen a man near the house.

Reid says authorities found the woman and her young son, teenage daughter and adult daughter either shot or stabbed to death in the house.



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North Carolina authorities are looking for a man after a mother and three children were killed in their home.

Catawba County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Coy Reid said a neighbor called authorities at 7 a.m. after seeing the woman being attacked on her front porch just north of Conover in Catawba County, about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte.

Authorities found the woman and her three children -- including an adult daughter, a teenage daughter and a young boy -- either shot or stabbed to death. The father had been at work at the time of the incident, Reid said.

Authorities are looking for a man in his late 30s or early 40s, about 5-foot-10 who was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweat shirt. Reid said the man is believed to be in a black or dark blue newer model Toyota Camry.

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  • by Tad on Mar 15, 2009 at 02:07 AM
    Check the crime stats anonymous. What you call racism is really just reality.
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Mar 14, 2009 at 11:51 PM
    I wish I could put the father and the killer in a room together with the killer tied up. I'd love to see what would happen.
  • by H on Mar 14, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    My prayers go out to the husband and rest of family. I hope they find this man quickly and justice is served. I hope if anyone knows anything helpful they will take part in bringing justice. This is horrible and couldn't imagine the pain this man is feeling.
  • by Ginny Location: V'town on Mar 14, 2009 at 09:12 AM
    I agree with William. At the separate deaths of each (my Daddy, brother, and son), I did not want to eat for days. I also found there were plenty of people who came over and ate all they wanted. I didn't begrudge them eating the food. I had no appetite. Different people respond to grief in various ways. I am praying for this man, and can't even begin to imagine the shock and sorrow he feels having lost his entire family in such a horrible way with no warning, no good-byes... Everyone, please pray for him and the rest of his family.
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Mar 14, 2009 at 07:44 AM
    This message is for "Tad". You really need to do some more research for yourself because I know alot of young white boys that are in "gangs/thugs". They usually prefer the color blue...lol Wow! wake up America there is alot of prejudice and racism still around here, just re-read tads comment.
  • by William Location: Columbia on Mar 14, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    I'd say this isn't all that unusual. When my daughter died, I didn't eat for five days. Wasn't hungry; didn't want it, didn't need it. Wasn't a big deal and it didn't hurt me. No one else's business. I was too hurt to eat. Believe me, there were plenty of others around to eat up the food folks brought. Always are.
  • by Sam Location: Falkland on Mar 14, 2009 at 03:32 AM
    This is the most stupid Headline to any story I have ever read!!! Of course this man cannot eat, his family has just been slaughtered..He is in a state of shock..his whole electrolyte system is out of whack..his body cannot tolerate food at this time. The "Headline"...sensationalism at it's worse. WITN..Can you not do better???
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Mar 13, 2009 at 11:58 PM
    WBTV in Charlotte reports that the suspect is asian or hispanic. Look for this situation to unfold as a asian gang related situation. They have a lot of asian gang situations in small pockets in Catawba, Burke and Iredell counties. The gangs usually prey on the honest and very hard working asian immigrants in the area. Our lack of willingness to confront the asian gangs because of a fear of being accused of racism has caused this problem to mushroom. It is similar to our lack of willingness to confront black gangs and/or thugs in Greenville, Kinston, Rocky Mt, Fayetteville and other cities in eastern NC. We may need to suspend our silly notions of avoiding racial profiling in the interest of public safety. Profiling of all types works and works well in crime prevention and enforcment.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    I pray they find that sick person who did this. They need to turn themselves in, and get some help.
  • by Wendy Location: goldsboro,nc on Mar 13, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    My heart goes out to this family,and I pray that whoever did this will soon be caught.To be sure there are finger prints inside this home that will identify the thug that did this.Believe me "they" will be caught.
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