Cornell Student Charged With Murdering CEO Father

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A Cornell University sophomore was charged Tuesday with murder in the shotgun slaying of his CEO father inside the family’s home, authorities said.

The Monroe County sheriff’s office said deputies responded Monday night to a report of a domestic dispute at a home in Pittsford, an upscale suburb just southeast of Rochester.

When they arrived, deputies said, they found 19-year-old Charles Tan and his mother, Qing Tan, 46, standing in the driveway. Inside, they found the body of 49-year-old Ling Tan, president and CEO of Dynamax Imaging in nearby Canandaigua.

Police said the father had been shot several times with a shotgun, which was found in the garage. The elder Tan had wounds on his upper body, deputies said.

Charles Tan was arraigned Tuesday morning on a second-degree murder charge.

He is being held in the county jail without bail. A message left with his lawyer wasn’t immediately returned.

Police had been called to the home several times before for reports of domestic disputes, the sheriff’s office told the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester. Specific information about the calls weren’t released.

The teen graduated from Pittsford Mendon High School in 2013 and is enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell in Ithaca, the newspaper reported. According to the Ivy League school’s website, he was a member of the 2104 sprint football team, limited to players weighting 165 pounds or less.

Dynamax Imaging is a high-tech company specializing in the manufacturing of image sensors. In March 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the company was moving from its home south of Syracuse to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Canandaigua. Ling Tan had previously worked at Rochester-based Eastman Kodak Co. for 20 years, the newspaper reported.

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