HOUSTON – It has been three years since the brutal murder of a couple inside their Spring home.
The children of the couple’s beloved are still fighting for justice. With one of their parents’ accused killers out on bond, the children are speaking out in hopes to be heard.
“They worked their butts off,” Michelle Lam recalled her mother Jenny Lam and father Bao Lam, who were both 61 years old when they died.
“They emphasized education and working hard and doing what’s right,” Rich Lam, 38 said.
Rich said he will always remember the love and lessons he learned from his parents. He said that they were loving parents who worked together in order to open several Subway restaurants throughout Greater Houston.
“My parents did this to support us and let us achieve our dreams,” Michelle said.
Rich and Michelle both said that they will never forget the terrible crime that claimed the lives of their father and mother in January 2018. The couple were executed-style murdered inside their Spring home in Glorietta.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies who have been investigating the double-murder said three suspects waited to get into the gated subdivision, located in the 16500 block of Glorietta Turn in Spring, then waited for the couple to enter the garage, and forced them into their home.
“These three men, they committed the most heinous act,” Rich said.
Investigators arrested Khari Kendrick as well as Erick Peralta and Aakiel Kendrick, his halfbrother. All three men were accused of capital murder.
Investigators said the accused killers tied the couple’s hands and feet and shot them in the head.
“They had no remorse,” Michelle said.
The Harris County sheriff also noted that it was “bizarre” that the accused killers were seen on camera going in and out of the subdivision and home even after the couple was shot.
“They even took my dad’s car out for a joy ride,” Michelle said.
Court documents now show that Erick Peralta, a 24-year-old accused of murder, posted his $350,000 bond. Bao and Jenny Lam’s families were disappointed and disheartened.
“We cannot forget what they did to my parents and why they should still remain behind bars,” Rich said.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office released the following statement:
Our prosecutor agreed with a defense-generated request asking the judge to set a $350,000 bond, as that is a hefty sum, and an appropriate amount, when coupled with an array of public safety conditions we requested, such as 24 hours a day house arrest and requiring the defendant to wear a GPS monitor to track his movements.
After a hearing last year the judge set bond at $350,000 to two co-defendants in the case who were similarly situated. The judge agreed to our request for the defendant to be released on bond. He will need to provide all records relating his pre-trial surveillance to prosecutors. If he breaks any conditions the state will immediately ask the judge to order him back into custody.
Rich said he does not believe enough is being done to protect the public from violent criminals like the ones who murdered his parents.
“In my opinion, [the bond] is not high enough,” Rich said.
Rich said that the Lam siblings will continue to fight for justice. Khari and Aakiel remain behind bars. Their trials are expected start in December.
“Out of all of this, all I want is some justice,” Michelle said.
Both Rich and Michelle said their parents’ loving sacrifices and hard work will never be forgotten.
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