SACRAMENTO- There was an outpouring of support Saturday for a Vietnamese woman police believe was killed as a result of domestic violence.
Friends identified the victim as 27-year-old Vy Nguyen. Her husband, 32-year-old Khiem Thuong Tran is currently in custody at Sacramento County Jail facing murder charges.
Vy leaves behind a 2-year-old son who's currently being cared for by her husband's parents.
Friends say Vy had no relatives in the U.S.
"Even though she's the only one in the US and she has no family here, we're all here for her," said friend Kaylee Ha. "I've known her since she first came from Vietnam. She's a loving person, nice to everybody. Always helping other people."
Friends say Vy was always happy and made others around her smile. She used to work at Huong Lan Hotpot in South Sacramento. She was an aspiring cosmetologist who just recently got her license and started working at D&V Hair and Nail salon. Vy also loved to sing.
"I have a band. Vy was a singer of our band. Her husband is a guy who did lighting for us. So we are like family," said friend and fellow band member Benny Nguyen.
Vy and her husband were found with stab wounds at their Rancho Cordova home on Granby Drive on October 10th. Investigators found the husband's wounds were self-inflicted while Vy died on scene. Sheriff's deputies believe it was a case of domestic violence.
As tragic as that was, very few friends saw any signs of trouble among the couple.
"Up to now, nobody still want to believe it happened," said Benny.
Vy's friends say the victim's husband has been a dear friend, who didn't "seem like that type of person."
On Saturday evening, friends didn't want to dwell on how Vy lost her life but what they can do to help.
"I'm very sad. But I just try to do what I can to help," said friend Mindy Le.
Band members and friends organized a fundraiser Saturday night at the HL HotPot for Vy's family.
"All the funds today will going to Vy's family in Vietnam," said Benny.
"We just do our best to try and help her to try and bring body back to Vietnam so she can rest in peace with her family around her," said Le.
Friends held a car wash Saturday afternoon to help pay for funeral costs. The fundraiser was held at this Texaco gas station on Power Inn Road.
"It's a tragic story that happened and all we're trying to do is support the family as much as we can," said close family friend Truyen Nguyen.
"What we do today is hopefully a little gift that might help," said Benny.
Friends say they will continue to raise money for Vy's family in Vietnam and her young son. Some of the money will go to a trust fund for the boy.
A close friend says Vy's body will be flown home to Vietnam Wednesday, October 23rd.
By Suzanne Phan, firstname.lastname@example.org