Imad Ed Daou Killed His Son Andrew Daou to Spare Him from Suffering from Cancer

Published by on August 5, 2011

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Sixteen months ago, Imad Ed Daou bought a .38-caliber handgun to kill his cancer-stricken son, telling others he did not want the 22-year-old to suffer like some of his other relatives had, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. Then on the night of July 26, Daou took his son, Andrew, and his son’s girlfriend out to dinner. He invited his daughter, Christina, to come along, but she declined. The next time Christina Daou would see her father and brother was the following night at Imad Daou’s home in the 14000 block of Clara Street, north of Los Gatos.

They were found dead, lying in their own beds, each with a single gunshot wound.Sheriff’s detectives believe Imad Daou killed his son and then took his own life with a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver. The gun was found next to him. He had told others that if Andrew could not beat the cancer, he would end his son’s life. Andrew’s autopsy showed he was cancer-free. “We don’t know what was going on in his head,” Sgt. Troy Smith, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office said. He said it is possible Imad Daou carried out the act to take revenge on his wife, who filed for divorce three weeks ago. She had also obtained a restraining order against her husband requiring him to stay away from her and Christina. The couple had a history of domestic violence, although no charges  were ever filed, according to the sheriff’s office.

A memorial service for Andrew Daou will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Home Church, located at 1711 Winchester Blvd. in Campbell. Andrew was studying business at the University of San Diego and had attended Valley Christian High School in San Jose. His girlfriend, Tessa Furtado, shared her thoughts on his Facebook tribute page. “I will never forget how you loved me; the music you played for me, the loving poems you wrote me, the looks of love… And so much more that I don’t have the heart or strength to write,” Furtado wrote. “I only wish I could have these things just one more day.”

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  1. Tessa Furtado on Fri, 12th Aug 2011 7:25 pm 

    This article is wrong. I am/was ANDREW DAOUS GIRL FRIEND and have been for 3 years. Ed killed Andrew because his wife was divorcing him and he was going to lose control of her. She had a restraining order and everything set up with lawyers so that she would get half of everything and half of his future earnings. Ed was already on edge and when he saw that he was losing control he decided to do the only thing that could give him the last word. He ONLY did this to destroy his wife. I hope you correct this horribly misleading article. People deserve to know the truth.

  2. Junior Staff Writer on Fri, 12th Aug 2011 10:51 pm 

    Please accept our sincerest condolences. We are very sorry for your loss. This article was written by the Bay City News Service. We are posting your comment to the news story.

  3. John Carson on Thu, 23rd May 2013 1:26 pm 

    This is very tragic but I don’t think women deserve half of their rich husband’s estates when they divorce. Wives are entitled to some of the wealth but the bulk of the wealth should remain with the partner in the marriage who created it. Some women marry rich men not for love but for their money. I have no doubt that Ed Daou abused his wife but women should not marry these rich men and bear children unless they truly love them. If the marriage does not work, they should divorce and not try to take half of the wealth along with greedy divorce attorneys who want their share of the money pie.




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