Tips Sought in 1995 Fatal Halloween Night Shooting in Escondido

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Pumpkin patches draw families preparing for Halloween. Photo by Chris Stone

Authorities reached out to the public Wednesday for help in solving a murder that took place in northern San Diego County on Halloween night 28 years ago.

The unidentified killer, his face cloaked by a bandana, knocked on the front door of 30-year-old Phoutone “Taun” Lothirath’s home in the 1200 block of South Upas Street in Escondido shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, 1995, according to police.

Lothirath’s 10-year-old son, Eddy, answered the door. Taking the visitor for a trick-or-treater, the boy turned around to retrieve candy from a table. The assailant then went inside, ordered the child to the back of the house, and gunned down Lothirath.

The killer then ran out of the home and fled the area, possibly in a black or dark blue Toyota or similar vehicle, according to investigators.

Following the deadly shooting, someone fired a gun into the victim’s house through a front window. Detectives determined that those rounds came from a different firearm than the one that mortally wounded Lothirath.

Investigators believe the murderer and the victim were likely acquainted, according to police.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

–City News Service