SPRING, Texas - The son of a couple found fatally shot at their home in Spring over the weekend believes his parents' killer targeted them for money.
The couple, identified as Bao and Jenny Lam, both 61, owned several Subway restaurants throughout the Houston area.
Harris County Sheriff's deputies said the Lams were shot execution style inside their home, located on the 16500 block of Glorietta Turn, Jan. 11.
Their bodies were not recovered, however, until Saturday, following a welfare check.
"They did not deserve any of that. They would have given anything to them," said Richard Lam, the couple's son.
Richard told KPRC2 his parents were beginning to ease away from the day-to-day responsibilities of running their businesses, leaving their son to pick up many of their daily tasks -- including making cash deposits at the bank.
Last week, however, Lam said his parents handled most of the responsibilities in his absence, as he vacationed on a cruise.
Richard returned Saturday morning. After calling his parents several times, he drove to their home later in the evening. Later, he called 911. Harris County Sheriff's deputies recovered the Lam's bodies inside their home around 8 p.m.
"[Deputies] came back out. They had a real grim look on their face and they said, 'There's nothing I could say now. There's no words,'" Richard said.
Richard told KPRC 2 he suspects someone watched his parents, knew they had a cash bag for deposit, followed them home and killed them.
"When we're doing the [cash] runs, we're going to be carrying cash on us and I don't know if somebody might have seen it or whatever else," Richard said.
"You believe someone could have scoped them out and paid attention to them, believing they had cash from the restaurants?" asked KPRC2 reporter Brandon Walker.
"Possibly. I honestly don't know what to think right now, but that might be the case," Richard continued.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office confirms the killer targeted the Lams, ransacked their home and stole several items, including guns.
Richard said his parents worked hard to help others. Both immigrated to the United States as teens with student visas. Together, they built a life as business owners, helping employees along the way.
"They're not just employees, they're part of the family," Richard said. "Anytime somebody has any issues, financial issues or personal issues, we'll sit down. We have an open door policy," Lam said, describing his parents' relationship with their employees.
Bao and Jenny Lam leave behind Richard and a daughter.
Richard said his parents were active in the local Buddhist community, donating time, money, and other items to help their temple.
"They wanted to pay it forward," Richard said. "Doing good things, bringing good karma so it comes back down on future generations on us -- my sister and myself."
The murders are being investigated, and home surveillance videos are being reviewed.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.
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