A Washington faculty student who had a ardour for serving to others was stabbed over 100 instances after she stepped in to protect her mother from being attacked by her stepfather, in accordance to a court docket doc.
Angelina Tran, 21, was awoken within the early morning hours of seven August to discover her 54-year-old stepfather, Nghiep Kein Chau, repeatedly punching her mother within the face at their house within the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, police stated.
When Tran tried to intervene, her stepfather turned the assault on her, which allowed her mother to break away and run downstairs to name 911.
Tran and her stepfather continued to battle they usually each fell close to a folding canine kennel in the midst of the room, in accordance to the possible trigger assertion. Chau then dragged a chunk of the canine kennel, with Tran on prime 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 indicators of life,” in accordance to the doc.
She “continued to try to struggle [Chau] off, and at instances turned her again towards him, leading to her getting stabbed within the again.”
Chau paused the assault on Tran a number of instances to change garments, to seize a meat cleaver to exchange the knife he was utilizing, and one other time to seek for his spouse.
“Angelina Tran’s intervention allowed her mother to escape and conceal in a close-by bed room, however the defendant didn’t cease his assault,” prosecutors stated within the felony grievance.
The preliminary assault on Tran’s mother and her personal violent stabbing was captured on house surveillance digital camera, police stated.
It confirmed how Chau paused to “change garments due to all of the blood” and to “choose a distinct 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 big bloody fixed-blade kitchen type knife, which he dropped when ordered to accomplish that by officers.”
“I killed anyone,” he reportedly instructed police, in accordance to the charging doc.
Tran was pronounced useless on the scene after being stabbed 107 instances within the torso, the paperwork declare. Her mother 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 instructed police that he began “bickering” along with his spouse “about cash in the lounge space on the highest flooring” and that he hit her within the face as a result of he was offended.
He “defined that he thought [his wife] would divorce him and take his cash” — although she “by no means stated this to him, however 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 accordance to the King County Prosecuting Lawyer’s Workplace.
A GoFundMe was created for Tran, who is described by as “an unimaginable daughter, a cherished good friend, and above all, an ideal girlfriend.”
She was dedicated “to making a distinction within the lives of aged people,” the GoFundMe reads.
“She excelled in her research, with only one extra 12 months remaining on the University of Washington, Seattle. Her dedication and laborious work had been really admirable. The ache of her absence is profound as she was a gem of a human being. The impression she had on all these lucky sufficient to know her was important.”