Police on Wednesday found two sisters stabbed to death in their apartment in the Tenderloin in a possible murder-suicide, according to authorities.
Officers discovered the sisters dead in their sixth-floor unit at 201 Turk St. at around 5:24 p.m. after a family member requested a well-being check, according to Officer Joseph Tomlinson, a police spokesperson.
“Investigators are looking into the possibility of murder-suicide,” Tomlinson told the San Francisco Examiner. “They’re just looking into it right now.”
The Medical Examiner’s Office has since identified the deceased as 51-year-old Julie Nhan and 56-year-old Phung Nhan. Police said paramedics declared them dead at the scene.
The sisters lived at Tenderloin Family Housing, a recently renovated affordable housing development on the corner of Turk and Jones streets run by the Chinatown Community Development Center.
A manager in the lobby declined to comment on Thursday morning.
Supervisor Jane Kim, who represents the area on the Board of Supervisors, said her office is setting up an online fundraiser for the family, which does not have enough resources to cover funeral expenses for the sisters.
“It’s very sad,” Kim told the Examiner. “My deepest condolences are with the family and the community.”
Kim said the family has asked for privacy.
Rumors of a homicide in the neighborhood had spread around Turk Street by Thursday morning. Santosh Boudel, a cashier at G & H Liquor across the street from the apartment building, said his manager had seen police at the scene.
“It’s shocking,” Boudel said. “But in this neighborhood, it keeps happening.”
While the case is under investigation as a possible murder-suicide, police said both sisters are being considered homicide victims at this time. Their deaths raise the number of homicides in San Francisco so far this year to 29.
The Tenderloin has experienced just three other homicides this year, including two that happened near Union Square.
On July 25, a double shooting killed 36-year-old Javis Jones at Golden Gate Avenue and Hyde streets.
On Feb. 7, 31-year-old Andrew Emmett was found dead in a wheelchair at the edge of the neighborhood near Post and Mason streets. A man and his parents have since been accused of beating and strangling him at the Dakota Hotel.
A month earlier, 35-year-old Manuel Valladares was shot and killed at Mason and Geary streets on Jan. 14.