A Washington faculty pupil who had a ardour for serving to others was stabbed over 100 occasions after she stepped in to guard her mom from being attacked by her stepfather, in keeping with a court docket doc.
Angelina Tran, 21, was awoken within the early morning hours of seven August to search out her 54-year-old stepfather, Nghiep Kein Chau, repeatedly punching her mom within the face at their residence within the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, police stated.
When Tran tried to intervene, her stepfather turned the assault on her, which allowed her mom to interrupt free and run downstairs to name 911.
Tran and her stepfather continued to wrestle they usually each fell close to a folding canine kennel in the course of the room, in keeping with the possible trigger assertion. Chau then dragged a chunk of the canine kennel, with Tran on high of it, towards the kitchen and grabbed a knife.
Chau repeatedly stabbed Tran as she fought again, and continued even after she “stopped displaying any signs of life,” in keeping with the doc.
She “continued to try and fight [Chau] off, and at times turned her back toward him, resulting in her getting stabbed in the back.”
Chau paused the assault on Tran a number of occasions to vary garments, to seize a meat cleaver to interchange the knife he was utilizing, and one other time to seek for his spouse.
“Angelina Tran’s intervention allowed her mother to escape and hide in a nearby bedroom, but the defendant did not stop his attack,” prosecutors stated within the felony grievance.
The preliminary assault on Tran’s mom and her personal violent stabbing was captured on residence surveillance digicam, police stated.
It confirmed how Chau paused to “change clothes because of all the blood” and to “select a different knife (a meat cleaver) from the kitchen drawer” earlier than he continued stabbing Tran.
Seattle police arrived on the residence at about 5am to discover a blood-covered Chau “holding a large bloody fixed-blade kitchen style knife, which he dropped when ordered to do so by officers.”
“I killed somebody,” he reportedly informed police, in keeping with the charging doc.
Tran was pronounced useless on the scene after being stabbed 107 occasions within the torso, the paperwork declare. Her mom was transported to the hospital for her accidents.
Chau was taken into custody and charged with first-degree homicide and tried first-degree homicide in reference to the assaults. He stays held on the King County Correctional Facility on $5,000,000 bail.
Chau additionally informed police that he began “bickering” along with his spouse “about money in the living room area on the top floor” and that he hit her within the face as a result of he was offended.
He “explained that he thought [his wife] would divorce him and take his money” — despite the fact that she “never said this to him, but he thought it to be true,” the doc detailed.
An arraignment that was scheduled for Wednesday was postponed to August 31 as a result of Chau is “medically unavailable”, in keeping with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
A GoFundMe was created for Tran, who’s described by as “an incredible daughter, a cherished friend, and above all, a perfect girlfriend.”
She was dedicated “to making a difference in the lives of elderly individuals,” the GoFundMe reads.
“She excelled in her studies, with just one more year remaining at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her dedication and hard work were truly admirable. The pain of her absence is profound as she was a gem of a human being. The impact she had on all those fortunate enough to know her was significant.”