Nightclub Death: Bystanders Videotaped Fatal Beating

    January 25, 2014
    Pam Wright

Annie “Kim” Pham was brutally murdered in front of a crowd, some of them videotaping the death with their cellphones, outside a Santa Ana nightclub Jan. 18.

“The fact that you had a lot of witnesses, that’s what’s really troublesome. How many people actually stepped in and tried to stop it?” said Senator Lou Correa (D-Sanat Ana).

Pham who aspired to become a TV personality once wrote about the power of photos in people’s lives:

‘We are taught that with photos, we select the ones where smiles are fresh and forward — the good is often highlighted. As for your own life, don’t forget that sometimes the most beautiful lessons in life stem from the unconventional. The elevated focus on showing everyone how much of a superstar you are on social media is quite unnecessary. The greatest harm we can do to ourselves is to not take the chance.”

“I hope that people out there realize how wrong this is,” said Pham’s second cousin, Kathleen Trinh.

Two suspects have been arrested for the attack and a third is being sought.

A witness claims a woman became angry when Pham and her friends cut in front of them as they were taking a photo, leading to an argument that led to the beating. Pham was transported to a hospital where she succumbed to head trauma.

Vanesa Zavala, of Santa Ana was arrested on Monday. The 25-year–old mother of a young son plead not guilty to a murder charge and is being held on $1 million bail.

A 27-year-old woman was arrested on Friday but her name has yet to be released.

Police Chief Carlos Rojas told KNBC-TV, “We are looking for the third person. She was involved in the physical altercation, and we are naming her as a person of interest at this point.”

A reward of $10,000 is being offered by Santa Ana and other local businesses for information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in the California nightclub death.

Pham was an organ donor and her organs have saved five lives so far.

Image via YouTube


Pam Wright