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Egan Ton, 31

Egan Ton, a 31-year-old Asian man, was shot and killed Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the 2700 block of Willard Avenue in Rosemead, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Investigators believe Ton, the married father of two young children, was killed by a long-time friend while he was standing in his driveway about 10:30 p.m. 

Witnesses told Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies that an Asian man dressed all in black ran south on Willard Avenue after the shooting. When deputies found a man matching that description in the 2600 block of Willard a short time later, the man reportedly shot himself in the head. 

Dick Phat Doung, 32 of San Gabriel, was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:06 p.m., nine minutes after Ton was pronounced dead in his driveway. Deputies found a semi-automatic weapon near Doung’s body, according to a department news release. 

Investigators and family members said they don't know what led to the shooting. Ton’s cousin, William Suen, called Doung “Rick,” and said he and Ton had known each other since they attended San Gabriel High School. 

“At Egan’s children’s birthdays, I would see Rick there as well, but how close they were I do not know,” Suen wrote in an email. 

Suen said Ton was a native of the San Gabriel Valley who worked as a security systems engineer for BT Global Services. He was the primary support for his two young children and his wife, Garmun, whom he met when they were sophomores at San Gabriel High School. 

When Ton was about 16, he helped his father and brother build the house where he and his family lived on Willard Avenue, according to Suen. 

“He lived for his family,” Suen wrote. “He wanted his kids to be brought up to always help others and make better versions of themselves.”

Suen said Ton loved playing basketball and watching the Lakers, but he was always generous with his time. 

“He was a tech guy, so he was our go-to person whenever our phones or computer broke down, and he never hesitated to help,” Suen wrote. “He always loved having company, was respectful of others and feared none. He was happy enjoying life, and always smiling.”

Suen has set up an account to raise money for Ton’s family. All proceeds will go to help Ton’s wife and children. 

The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

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