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    Sacramento County Deputy Murdered

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    http://cbs13.com/local/Sheriffs.Deputy.Shot.2.614555. htmlDeputy Dies Of Gunshot To Neck

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    POSTED: 2:28 pm PST December 19, 2007
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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A Sacramento County gang unit detective died Wednesday afternoon after he was shot in the neck, Sheriff John McGinness said.
    The sheriff declined to immediately identify the detective until family members could be notified.
    More than 100 officers were searching an area in south Sacramento for the man believed to have shot the officer.

    The plainclothes detective was doing a routine check at about 2 p.m. near the 6100 block of 37th Street, not far from the Campbell's Soup plant, police said.
    When a man at a house occupied by known gang members saw the detective, he ran and jumped over a fence. The detective chased him over the fence, and his partner said he heard a gunshot.
    The partner said he found the injured detective in the back yard of a home, with a gunshot wound to the neck.
    McGinnis said a weapon was recovered in the area, but is not necessarily the weapon that was used in the shooting.
    A sheriff's department spokesman said the detective was a 10-year veteran of the force, with three years on the gang unit.
    McGinnis said the officer was not married and did not have any children.
    Police are looking for a dark-complected Asian man, possibly in his early 20s, with a thin build and wearing a puffy green camouflage jacket.
    The gang unit detectives said they didn't know the man, who may be holed up in a house in the area.
    Police set up a perimeter over an area about 1 miles long by a half-mile wide.
    Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is closed from Fruitridge Road to 47th Avenue as the area is investigated, and Franklin Boulevard is closed from St. Patrick's School to 47th Avenue.
    Three nearby schools remain on lockdown -- Pacific Elementary School, Fern Bacon Middle School and St. Patrick Elementary School.
    Anyone with information is urged to call the Sacramento County Sheriff's tip line at 916-874-6500.






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    Dec 19, 2007 5:15 pm US/Pacific
    Deputy Shot In Neck Dies

    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ― The Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy who was shot in the neck while chasing a man in South Sacramento today has died.

    The deputy and his partner, both assigned to gang duties, were in plain clothes when they made an unscheduled stop at a known gang house in the area of 47th Ave. and MLK Blvd. in Sacramento at 2 p.m. today. There, they saw a man who they have never seen before. When they attempted to make contact with the man, he took off running and led officers on a chase through yards of nearby residences. The victim's partner says he was behind his partner in the area of 41st Ave. and 37th St., when he heard a gunshot and found his partner on the ground with a gunshot wound to his neck, gun drawn, say police.

    Dozens of officers have created a five-block-wide perimeter in the vicinity of 42nd. Ave. and 37th St. They are telling residents to stay inside and lock their doors. Traffic is also being diverted around the area.

    The suspect is described as an dark Asian male about 5'4" tall, 18-20 years old, weighing 130-140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a puffy, green camouflage jacket. Officers say the suspect is armed and dangerous.

    An estimated 150 law enforcement officers from every local jurisdiction are at the scene, according to Sgt. Tim Curran, Sacramento County Sheriff's Office.

    Fern Bacon Middle School and Pacific Elementary have been placed on lockdown. The school district says they are planning to hold regular school activities tomorrow.

    The deputy was a 37-year-old, 10-year veteran of the force and had been working on the gang task force for three years. His identity has not been released. He was not married and did not have any children.

    Police have established a command center at St. Patrick's church located at Franklin Blvd. and 38th Ave.

    The Sheriff is asking anyone with information in the case to call them at 916-874-6500 or 1-800-471-1700.

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    Deputy Shot and Killed; Manhunt Continues for Shooter
    Written by C. Johnson, Internet News Producer

    A sheriff's deputy died after being shot in the area of 37th Street and 41st Avenue in Sacramento Wednesday afternoon.

    Sheriff's deputies, Sacramento police and the FBI continue to search for the shooter.

    The 37-year-old deputy was shot in the neck and transported to the UC Davis Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to Sacramento Sheriff John McGinness.

    The sheriff said the deputy was assigned to the department's gang unit and had been with the department seven years. His name has not been released.

    The incident was first reported just after 2 p.m.
    According to McGinness, the deputy was with his partner making a routine check on a house suspected of drug activity when they encountered a man. Curran said the man took off on foot and went over a fence. As one deputy chased on foot and the other went to pursue the individual in their car, a shot was fired. The deputies were in plainclothes and using an unmarked car.

    Curran described the shooter as a dark-complexioned, Asian man 18 to 20 years old. He is about 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 135 to 140 pounds. He was wearing a green, puffy camouflage jacket.

    More than a hundred sheriff's deputies and Sacramento police are searching for the shooter in an area west of Highway 99, south of Fruitridge Road, north of 47th Avenue and east of 24th Street.

    McGinness said the shooter is considered dangerous and urged residents to stay indoors. Anyone with information is urged to call tiplines at (916) 874-6500 or (800) 471-1700.

    Sacramento Sheriff John McGinness said a weapon and contraband was recovered but could not say if the weapon was the gun used.

    Five schools in the area were placed on precautionary lockdown but that has been lifted.

    There are dozens of law enforcement vehicles and motorcycles lining the streets as well as at least two law enforcement aircraft overhead. Canine teams are also deployed.

    The police activity is causing additional traffic in the area. See the News10 Traffic link above to stay updated.





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    UPDATE

    16-year-old boy arrested in deputy's killing

    By Niesha Lofing and Ryan Lillis - nlofing@sacbee.com

    Last Updated 9:46 am PST Thursday, December 20, 2007
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    All appears quiet Thursday at the 37th Street home where Vu Nguyen first spotted a young man outside Wednesday afternoon, setting off a chain of events that ended in the detective's death a short distance away. Randall Benton / rbenton@sacbee.com
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    A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection to the death of Sacramento Sheriff's Detective Vu Nguyen, Sheriff John McGinness announced Thursday morning.
    "We're confident that we got our guy," McGinness said during a 9 a.m. news conference, smiling as he broke the news.
    The boy was arrested at 12:30 a.m. at a family member's home in the Meadowview area on suspicion of murdering Nguyen on Wednesday. The boy is being held without bail in the county's juvenile hall.

    McGinness declined to identify the juvenile because of his age but described him as "relatively cooperative." McGinnis said the boy, who is not believed to be enrolled in school, has identified himself as a "gang affiliate."
    McGinness said he believes that charges will be filed against him as an adult.
    No one else is facing charges at this time in connection to the shooting death, McGinness said.
    Officials have recovered several weapons and are working to determine if one of them is the murder weapon.
    Nguyen, 37, a seven-year department veteran who was assigned to the gang team, was shot Wednesday afternoon as he chased after a young man through the backyards of south Sacramento homes.
    He died later that night from a bullet wound to the neck.
    The shooting prompted a manhunt involving more than 100 police, sheriff's detectives and federal agents that lasted through the night.


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    A handout photo of slain Sacramento Sheriff's deputy Vu Nguyen (cq) Wednesday, December 19, 2007. Nguyen, a gang officer, was killed in the line of duty Wednesday in South Sacramento. Carl Costas / ccostas@sacbee.com
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    16-year-old arrested in detective's death in south Sacramento
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    Officer killed in area known for trouble
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    SACRAMENTO -- In the chilly rain just after midnight Thursday, Sacramento sheriff's SWAT officers poured from an armored truck and surrounded a beige tract house across the street from a middle school in the southwest portion of the city, one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.


    Inside, the department's most wanted suspect emerged, a bleary-eyed and tiny 16-year-old looking "terrified," an eyewitness said.


    Officers looked at the "wanted" flier with his photo and scrutinized the boy: He was the one.The teen, who is being held in Juvenile Hall, is suspected of shooting Sacramento sheriff's Detective Vu Nguyen on Wednesday afternoon during a chase through south Sacramento back yards.


    The teen was not armed when arrested, but sheriff's officials are conducting ballistics tests on several guns found during the investigation, including one found soon after Nguyen was shot.
    Grief and mourning are just beginning over the loss of Nguyen, who grew up in Modesto, attending Burbank Elementary and Mark Twain Junior High schools before graduating from Modesto High School in 1989.


    His family wept inconsolably Wednesday night. He was married in April. Funeral plans may be settled next week after Christmas.

    News of the Nguyen's death shocked those who knew him as a child. He was a member of Modesto High's football team, yearbook staff and student government, according to family friends.

    It's been 18 years since Arlen Peters coached Nguyen on the Modesto High football team. But he remembers the former running back, outside linebacker and defensive back.


    "He wasn't a star, but he was the kind of guy you wanted on your team because he was a hard worker and dependable," Peters said.

    Peters recalls that Nguyen was a small guy, but he was strong because he worked out hard.


    "You really get to know (the athletes) well when you spend all summer in the weight room and coach them all season," Peters said. "(Nguyen) was quiet and disciplined."


    When Roberta McReynolds heard a Sacramento County sheriff's detective had been shot, she stopped to pray as she always does when she hears sirens or feels an emergency responder is putting his or her life in jeopardy to do a job.


    "Little did I know I was praying for a friend of my son's," McReynolds said.


    Her son, Michael O'Brien, grew up with Nguyen. Although they lost contact through the years, they followed similar career paths and became sheriff's deputies, O'Brien in Nevada's Washoe County, which includes Reno.


    "It just hit me especially hard since I have a son in law enforcement, too," McReynolds said.


    Chano Flores grew up with Nguyen. He was junior class vice president in 1988, and Flores was treasurer.


    According to Flores, Nguyen was born in Vietnam. Flores said Nguyen had a great family, too.


    "His mother and dad were the nicest, kindest people. They loved having company over," Flores said.


    "He was a pure, good person with a fun- loving spirit. He was just one of the guys and never said a bad thing about anyone," Flores said. "I remember all of us wrestling in the pool in my back yard. We'd pick our favorite (World Wrestling Federation) guy. That's the first memory I had when I heard what happened.


    "I can't believe it happened to a person like him, to someone who just wanted to give," Flores added.


    Suspect called gang 'wanna-be'


    Detectives and prosecutors worked Thursday to build a case against the teen, who was described by one friend as a gang "wanna-be" and by Sheriff John McGinness as a small but ruthless person.


    "The bottom line is physical stature (and) age are really not relevant when you have somebody who is consumed with a passionate hatred and a desire to harm others," McGinness said. "And particularly when they're armed, it's a perfect combination for horrible things to happen."


    Nguyen, a seven-year veteran of the department, was heavily involved in the Asian community and widely respected as an of-ficer trying to improve life in some of the Sacramento County's roughest neighborhoods.


    "He shared the same hard-core, sincere belief that many of us do, that there is nothing more important in terms of societal efforts than the protection of the public," McGinness said. "His efforts made Sacramento County a safer place."


    Officials did not release the teen's name Thursday but said he is expected to be charged as an adult within 72 hours of his arrest.

    Deputy gave chase as youth ran


    The shooting happened just after 2 p.m. Wednesday as Nguyen and his partner were making routine contacts with gang members.

    Nguyen and his partner spotted a small Asian youth standing in front of a house where known gang members live at 37th Street and 42nd Avenue, said Sacramento sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran.


    When officers made eye contact with the teen, he ran. Nguyen chased him. Moments later, Nguyen's partner heard gunshots and ran to where he'd heard them, finding his partner shot in the neck.

    Nguyen was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center, where he died.

    Ping "Pinky" Phrommauongxay, 20, said she was inside the house where deputies first spotted the teen when she heard the gunfire.

    Minutes later, she said, officers demanded that she exit the house and she was cuffed and questioned about the incident, which she said she did not witness.


    On Thursday, Phrommauongxay said she's known the teen for about seven years. She described him as a "floater" or a wanna-be. "He just tries to fit in," she said.


    She said he had no father figure, so she has tried over the years to give him discipline. Once, when he was 9, she said, she tied him to a tree "to embarrass him" and toughen him up.


    She and other friends beat him up last week, she said, "but I guess it didn't work."


    "It was like tough love," she said. "The environment we're in is not the best."


    Phrommauongxay said she doesn't know whether he commits crimes to represent his gang, but, "He wouldn't be very good at it."


    She said the boy came to the house regularly on his bike, sometimes playing basketball on the hoop facing the street.


    In front of the yellow house Thursday, empty beer bottles and cardboard beer cases flanked a baby carriage.


    The neighborhood around that house was the scene of a siege by law enforcement Wednesday afternoon and night as authorities searched for a suspect.


    But they found their suspect hours later in Meadowview at his sister's home across the street from John Still Middle School.

    The sister would not comment Thursday. But Elisio Savala, who said he has lived there since being released from prison on Nov. 11, said he had met the boy at the house Wednesday.


    The two shared pizza at some point Wednesday, he said.

    Hours later, at midnight, Savala said he saw SWAT officers swarm out of an armored truck. The next time he looked out the window, he said, "there was a gun in my face."


    He said the family opened the door and the teen came out of his sister's bedroom, wearing a black T-shirt and black shorts. Savala said the boy looked "like a terrified little kid."


    McGinness said the teen was "relatively cooperative" with investigators and has a past of run-ins with the law that were not violent. He did not attend school, the sheriff said.


    He described the teen as angry and resentful of law enforcement, a product of a "subculture where life has no value and violence is the way."


    Sacramento law enforcement officials could not remember a suspected cop killer as young as the 16-year-old suspect. From 1997 to 2006, just 36 juveniles were arrested in connection with the slayings of law enforcement officers nationwide, according to FBI statistics.


    Leaders urge efforts to fight gangs


    Several community leaders who work with gang members and their families said they weren't surprised by the suspect's age or level of violence.


    They called on city and county officials to devote more resources to battling truancy and working to repair troubled families before kids make gangs their surrogate family.


    Rhonda Erwin, an activist who lives in south Sacramento, said the age of the suspect is tragic but should not shock a community that "continuously underfunds prevention efforts and makes massive efforts toward suppression."


    "I hope (Nguyen's) passing, as tragic as it is, I hope it will create an atmosphere to disarm aggression, disarm greed and to bring about solutions toward preventing violence and the gang life behavior," she said.


    Laura Leonelli, a member of a community group that fights Asian gang violence, said the slain deputy tried hard to reach out to kids like his suspected assailant.


    "He was very supportive of the community," she said. "That kind of commitment is very hard to replace."


    Bee staff writer Eve Hightower can be reached at 578-2382 or ehightower@modbee.com.


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    Slain deputy who grew up in Modesto remembered at funeral



    This is the boyhood home of Sacramento County sheriff's Detective Vu Nguyen at 1000 Raube in west Modesto. A childhood friend says there were no police role models there when they grew up.
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    UPDATE: Nguyen eulogized as brave, beloved
    By DOROTHY KORBER and RYAN LILLIS , The Sacramento Bee
    last updated: December 27, 2007 02:29:21 PM
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    Jimmy Siakasorn, 16, is being charged as an adult in the fatal shooting of Sacramento County sheriff's Detective Vu Nguyen. He was arraigned Monday on a charge of murder with the special circumstance of intentionally killing an officer in the line of duty, plus enhancements involving weapons and gang activity. He is ineligible for the death penalty because of his age. He faces a maximum of life in prison without parole, if convicted.

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    During a moving service in the serene setting of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, detective Vu Nguyen was remembered Thursday as a brave police officer, a beloved husband and son, and a man of compassion and honor. An estimated 4,000 mourners attended the two-hour funeral Mass honoring the 37-year-old Sacramento County sheriff's deputy, who was gunned down Dec. 19 while on duty.
    The detective was a man of of intellect, character, willingness and courage, Sheriff John McGinness told the gathering. He remembered Nguyen as an officer who wore his silver badge proudly, polished to a bright luster.
    "Clearly, Detective Vu Nguyen put the safety of the persons he was sworn to protect and serve above his own," McGinness said. "In an instant, his valor cost him his life."
    The cathedral was filled to capacity with uniformed police officers, Nguyen's family and leaders from the local Vietnamese community. Other mourners viewed the services at the Sacramento Convention Center, where the funeral was broadcast live. There, the huge exhibit hall was overflowing, with standing room only and some turned away.
    Nguyen, a seven-year veteran of the department, was on a neighborhood gang detail in south Sacramento when he was shot while pursuing a fleeing youth on foot. Wounded by a bullet to the neck, Nguyen was taken to UC Davis Medical Center but died on the operating table.
    As the funeral Mass began in the cathedral, bagpipers led the processional, followed by altar boys and clerics. A towering Christmas tree stood at the front of the church. The organ took up the strains of the opening hymn while a baby wailed in pews.
    Still as statues, gloved deputies in full dress uniform flanked the altar.
    Monsignor James Murphy spoke of Nguyen's loss -- a loss to his own family, to his community, to the Sheriff's Department and to his parish.
    "The numbers here today are a testimony to the sadness we feel," Murphy said. "Christmas is an important family time for all of us. It was especially important for the Nguyen family. Our thoughts go especially to Vu's wife, Phanh, who is bearing an especially hard cross."
    Last week, Murphy recalled, he asked the young widow what she'd like him to say at the service. Murphy said she turned to her mother-in-law and said: "Thank you for having him and for giving him to me."
    "While today is sad," Murphy continued, "it's a proud day for law enforcement. You have lost a brother you can be proud of. He did dangerous work. The family worried about him. He said: 'My job is to keep the streets of Sacramento safe.' "
    Murphy said the impressive gathering also marked a proud day for the immigrant community.
    "Vu had brains; he could do anything in life," the priest said. "Vu chose a life of service to the community."
    Nguyen's family was among the last to escape the fall of Saigon, Murphy told the gathering.
    "There's a fierce determination in Vietnamese Catholics, and we have seen it in Vu's life and his work," Murphy said.
    He spoke of the Nguyen family's compassion, as well.
    "The family has insisted that today at this Mass we pray for the troubled teen who did this shooting. Today, we pray for Vu, that he is at peace. We pray for his assailant, that he will find peace."
    The slain officer was sixth in a family of 10. Two of his brothers, Thang and Anh Nguyen, spoke at the service.
    Older brother Thang said Vu lived an extraordinary life. At 5, young Vu was airlifted from the top of the American embassy in Saigon. The move to America was also traumatic.
    "Vu grew up in Modesto, a small town, in a neighborhood divided by ethnic differences," Thang Nguyen said, suggesting that Vu's dedication to community service arose from his own early experiences of injustice.
    As for his brother's death, Thang Nguyen was blunt: "We should make no mistake about it -- it was a sacrifice."
    Several of Nguyen's comrades from the sheriff's department also gave eulogies. Deputy Chief Mark Iwasa spoke of the detective's commitment to law enforcement, particularly to his work on the gang detail.


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    For family of slain deputy, holiday joy turns to shock, grief

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    NATOMAS - Thangh Nguyen picked out a tiny digital camera that clips on a keychain. Mai Nguyen bought a sweater and a gift card.
    Both are left now holding the Christmas gifts they intended to give to their brother, Vu Nguyen, 37, the Sacramento sheriff's detective who was slain Wednesday in the line of duty.
    The family had prepared to celebrate the holiday together, but turned to comforting each other through waves of grief.
    "We couldn't accept it," Nguyen's sister Huong Nguyen said tearfully, describing the family's reaction to the news that he had died.
    Nguyen was shot just after 2 p.m. Wednesday while chasing a suspicious teen in the neighborhood near 37th Street and 42nd Avenue in south Sacramento. Within 12 hours, sheriff's SWAT team members arrested 16-year-old Jimmy Siakasorn on suspicion of homicide. He is expected to be charged as an adult.
    Nguyen's parents, five sisters, two brothers, and nieces and nephews have come from Modesto, Santa Clara and Orange County to Nguyen's Natomas home to plan his funeral and to mourn.
    They gathered Friday night on couches in Nguyen's blank-walled living room, breaking away to offer food to a sheriff's deputy stationed outside. In an exclusive interview with The Bee, they shared memories of Nguyen and talked about learning of his death.
    All but the youngest of the siblings was born in Vietnam. Thang Nguyen, a surgeon in Orange County, said Vu Nguyen was 5 years old when the family left the country.
    It was the day before the dramatic fall of Saigon. The children's father took them from their home in the outskirts of the city to an American fire station, transporting them two at a time on a motorcycle.
    The family was airlifted to a U.S. Embassy and made it to the United States, settling in Modesto. Their neighborhood there suffered from the sort of gang violence that Vu Nguyen would combat as an adult.
    Thang Nguyen said the children were urged to go into medicine or law. The family was puzzled over Vu Nguyen's choice to become a sheriff's deputy.
    "The (neighborhood in Modesto) may have shaped him, but there were no police role models," Thang Nguyen said.
    Still, his family said, he was born for the job. He was very methodical, and they nicknamed him "square," his sister Huong Nguyen said. He was observant and humble, preferring to let others shine.
    Vu Nguyen earned a degree in criminal justice from California State University, Sacramento, became a probation officer and then served seven years as a Sacramento sheriff's deputy and detective.
    Sheriff John McGinness said Saturday that Vu Nguyen was a gifted officer who showed respect for his superiors and for the people he arrested.
    "He is among the people who stand out in law enforcement because it was an absolute passion for him," he said.
    His family worried.
    "I didn't like it. I thought it was dangerous," Thang Nguyen said. "But we thought because he was so careful that any danger he'd come to, he'd have under control."
    Vu Nguyen told his older brother that young kids could be dangerous. "Don't let the age fool you," he once said.
    But he didn't often say much more about his work, just that it was very busy and he was having fun.
    Nguyen enjoyed going to Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and San Francisco. He married Phanh Nguyen in a private ceremony in April.
    Speaking through an interpreter, she said her husband gambled seldom but won often.
    Phanh Nguyen grew tearful as her in-laws described how they learned of her husband's death.
    Thang Nguyen was performing a surgery at an Orange County hospital.
    When he finished at about 4 p.m., he was given a message to call a Sacramento sheriff's sergeant.
    The sergeant tried to break the news gently, Thang Nguyen said, saying his brother had been hurt and doctors were working on him.
    Nguyen began asking detailed medical questions about the injury. The sergeant did not know the answers.
    Thang Nguyen asked to talk to a doctor.
    "He died," Nguyen recounted the sergeant saying. "He didn't make it."
    Family members were initially angry, enraged that someone could gun down their loved one.
    Then, they learned the suspect was 16. Thang Nguyen says it is wrong that the kid carried a gun and was willing to use it, but he cannot imagine the teen was out to kill.
    "It's almost like an accident," Thang Nguyen said. "It is senseless. We were angry until we heard this kid is 16. He's a kid."
    As mourning deputies have come to the home to pay their respects, the siblings have learned more about their brother.
    One officer said Vu Nguyen told the Vietnamese youths he arrested that they were bringing disgrace to their culture.
    Others said Vu Nguyen was brave, never hesitating to sprint after suspects. The family already knew that he was often quiet, but could be wickedly funny.
    Mai Nguyen, another of Vu Nguyen's sisters, worries about the days to come.
    "Christmas is going to be hard for us," she said. "Christmas was the event for our family."


    Choose The Right. When you're doing whats right, then you have nothing to worry about.

    Not a LEO

    In memory of Sgt. Howard K. Stevenson 1965 - 2005. Ceres Police Dept.
    In memory of Robert N. Panos 1955 - 2008 Ceres Police Dept.









 

 

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