Son tossed mom off college building before leaping to his own death

Students, faculty and others walk down a campus path amidst a mostly empty University of California-Irvine campus Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

A former University of California Irvine student threw his elderly mother from a building on campus and then jumped to his own death, police said.

The victim is Thao Thai Nguyen, 77, of Irvine. The suspect is Andrew Nguyen Doan, 36, of Irvine.

The Irvine Police Department (IPD) said Doan picked up Nguyen and threw her off the landing of a multi-story building. Doan then jumped from the same landing to his death.

It happened just before 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

IPD has a record of contacting Doan multiple times in the past. The last call for service involving mental health concerns was in 2019.

He is a former UCI student and last attended the school in 2019. This case is being investigated as a murder-suicide and the motive remains under investigation.

There was no known motive for the murder-suicide.

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