Three people died in what police believed to be a murder-suicide in northern Vietnam early today.
The deaths, identified as Le Huy Huong, 31, his separated wife Quach Thi Nhung, 24 and her mother Phan Thi Hoa, 46, were found in Hoa's house in Nhu Thanh District, Thanh Hoa Province, according to the local police.
According to the police, Hoa's neighbors said they heard shouts for help from her house at 1.30 a.m.
When they arrived, they saw Huong had set himself on fire while Hoa and Nhung were lying dead in a pool of blood in a bedroom.
They attempted to help the burnt man with water, but he died on the way to hospital.
The police have alleged that Huong had killed Nhung and her mother before burning himself to death.
The neighbors said Huong and Nhung had been married for four years before they decided to separate last year. They had a 4-year old daughter who is now living with Huong's parents.
The police found several letters they believed Huong had written and left in his house. In one of the letters, Huong apparently asked his brother to take care of his daughter.
The police are investigating further.