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Former Duke doctor injured; partner, child found dead

Posted August 13, 2011
Updated August 14, 2011

— A former Duke University doctor was listed in serious condition after he was found bloody and semiconscious in his Seattle apartment Thursday, according to The Seattle Times. His partner and their adopted child were found dead nearby from knife wounds, the paper reported.

Dr. Louis Chen, 39, is expected to survive. No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made. Authorities stopped short of declaring the killings the result of domestic violence, but reiterated that detectives are not looking for suspects, according to the paper.

Chen completed a three-year residency at Duke University in the spring and had come to Seattle with his longtime partner, Eric Cooper, 29, and their son, who was nearly 3, the paper reported.

The King County Medical Examiner performed autopsies Friday, but said no information about the cause of death or positive identifications would be released until Monday at the earliest.

Police continued piecing together what happened in the 17th-floor apartment in the First Hill neighborhood, but said they believed there was no ongoing threat to the community.

Officers were responding Thursday to a report of an injured man at the apartment building when they found the two men in the living room and the toddler dead in a bathroom.

"It's just so horrific," said police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb. "The officers came here not expecting an incident of this magnitude."

Chen, his partner and child moved to Seattle from Durham last month, The Times reported, citing address databases. He was named a fellow of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition at Duke's medical school last year and, according to publications, had recently obtained a grant to study diabetes patients with gastric problems.

The men also lived together in Chicago, where Chen graduated from the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine in 2000, according to information published by the North Carolina Medical Board.

Washington Department of Health records showed that he obtained a license to practice medicine in Washington in January, according to state Department of Health records.

Dr. Mark Feinglos, the Duke University division chief, worked with him and oversaw his training during a three-year endocrinology fellowship.

"He was here and he was just outstanding. A really good guy," Feinglos told The Times. "I'm shocked by this news, really. It's just appalling."

Feinglos declined to otherwise talk about his former student except to say he was not aware of any problems in his personal life.


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  • Elvisisdead Aug 15, 2011

    GOLO-I'm not sure why my comment was not posted since I don't believe it violated any of your posted guidlines. However, many of the posts on this topic seem to violate multiple guidlines, particularly about generalizations, name calling and unsubstantiated claims.

  • Scaramouche Aug 15, 2011

    "golo, why do you keep posting the venomous hate from Scaramouche and Saberage but not just general comments from others?" - Sammy

    Please offer can example of my "venemous hate" or apologize for lying about me...yet again.

  • chevybelair57sd Aug 15, 2011

    Another result of this incident will be further difficulty to adopt for gay partners. It only takes a few to make it harder for the many.

  • sammyg Aug 15, 2011

    golo, why do you keep posting the venomous hate from Scaramouche and Saberage but not just general comments from others? This must stop!

  • h3ardita11b4 Aug 15, 2011

    "uneducated, uniformed, finger-pointing, bible thumping delusional thinkers"

    i love it! nc might be the state for me after all!

  • Scaramouche Aug 15, 2011

    "And profiling says EVERYTHING about this scenario was WRONG!"

    Like what exactly was wrong?

  • Scaramouche Aug 15, 2011

    "This is so sad for this child. I hope this person gets what he deserves in court and gets the death sentence. RIP Baby!"

    But nothing about the partner that as killed/injured? Intersting.

  • GetRight Aug 15, 2011

    I've done no bashing or attacking. I even labeled my opinions and such.

    Here's some evidence for the simple claim that I made that domestic violence (the Norwegian incident was not Domestic Violence)


    Scaramouche: the fact remains... YOU are the one attacking, bashing and touting YOUR opinions as authoritative. You are as guilty of the same things as those you attack. No go pound sand!

    As for you Saberage, you not much better. I repeat: I did not attack or bash anyone. I stated fact and opinion. My opinion was clearly admitted and identified as such. The facts are substantiated by the studies referenced above.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 15, 2011

    Saberage: "..your opinions represent that of an awful lot of very uneducated, uniformed, finger-pointing, bible thumping delusional thinkers."

    Actually, I would say that people with YOUR beliefs are the uneducated and uninformed. How many of you grew up in church. Because other than church, we base our opinions on the same data as you. Many of us profile. Profiling is smart, NOT wrong. And profiling says EVERYTHING about this scenario was WRONG!

  • Caring Aug 15, 2011

    This is so sad for this child. I hope this person gets what he deserves in court and gets the death sentence. RIP Baby!