Western District, Hong Kong Island. Photo: Google Maps

Police are investigating a murder-suicide case after a family of three, including a 7-year-old boy, was found dead at home in Western District on Hong Kong Island on Monday.

Police received a report at about 8.30pm from a domestic worker that there was a gas leak from a unit in Evergreen Tower at Western Garden on 83 Second Street in Western District, according to a government release.

Police sped to the scene and entered the flat after firemen forced the door open. They found a 42-year-old man surnamed Law, his wife surnamed Chan, aged 40, and seven-year-old son lying on the bed inside a bedroom.

A basin with burnt charcoal was found inside the apartment. The trio was certified dead at the scene.

An initial investigation revealed that the boy had been given some pills before.

Police said the parents were suspected to have burnt charcoal afterward in an attempt to commit suicide together with their son.

It was understood that the couple had arranged for the domestic worker to have a holiday over the weekend and asked her to return home on Monday, Sing Pao reported.

A suicide note found in the apartment revealed that the couple was in financial difficulty due to a failed stock market investment. They said they had borrowed a few hundred thousand dollars from a financial institution earlier, Ming Pao Daily reported.

An investigation by the District Crime Squad of Western District is underway.

The Samaritans run a 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline +852 2896 0000 or emails can be sent to jo@samaritans.org.hk.

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