In a harrowing incident that sent shockwaves through Seattle, Angelina Tran, a 21-year-old University of Washington student known for her dedication to helping others, was brutally stabbed 107 times by her stepfather.
Tran’s sacrifice and courage became evident when surveillance footage showed her intervening in a domestic dispute, putting herself between her mother and a raging stepfather.
The attack occurred on August 7, according to the Seattle Police Department. The suspect, identified as her 54-year-old stepfather, Nghiep Kein Chau, faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. According to reports, Chau initiated a violent assault on Tran’s mother following an altercation in their kitchen.
Rushing to her mother’s aid, Tran became the primary target of Chau’s rage, according to Fox News. Home surveillance footage chillingly captured every detail of the gruesome crime.
“This murder appeared to be the result of anger at his stepdaughter for intervening in the defendant’s attack on her mother,” a King County complaint explains.
Due to Angelina’s brave intervention, her mother managed to flee the scene and secure herself in a nearby bedroom.
However, the horror didn’t end there. After the initial assault, Chau allegedly sought to change his blood-soaked clothes and retrieved a meat cleaver to continue his attack against Tran. The quick thinking of Tran’s mother, who dialed 911 from her hideout, led to police intervention.
Officers arrived at the Beacon Hill residence around 5 a.m. to find a blood-streaked Chau wielding a large knife.
“I killed somebody,” Chau said in a chilling confession during his arrest.
As the city mourns the loss of such a promising young individual, an online fundraiser set up in Tran’s name paints a heart-wrenching picture. It describes her as “an incredible daughter, a cherished friend, and above all, a perfect girlfriend.”
Angelina’s passion was evident in her commitment to the elderly. With just one year left at the University of Washington, Seattle, the tribute on GoFundMe reads, “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.”
Chau, who recently returned from a year-long stay in Vietnam, is currently held at King County Jail with a bail set at $5 million.
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