Kim Pham Murder Update: Candace Marie Brito and Vanesa Tapia Zavala Back in Court Tuesday

Categories: 2014 Homicides

See Update No. 4 on Page 3 about the preliminary hearing Tuesday for Candace Marie Brito and Vanesa Tapia Zavala, and the third woman being identified. Update Nos. 1-3 are on Brito being I.D.'d and pleading not guilty to murder, Kim Pham's father expressing his grief and witnesses refusing to come forward.

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ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 24, 1:43 P.M.: A 27-year-old Santa Ana woman is the second person arrested for suspected homicide in the brutal beating death of Annie Hung "Kim" Pham outside the Crosby nightclub, city and police officials disclosed at a just-concluded press conference that seemed dedicated as much to updating the public on the case as it did to trying to bring customers back to downtown businesses.

"The downtown area is a very vibrant area," Police Chief Carlos Rojas said near the end of his update. "We have very little issues there with our police department. . . . It is not one of our problem areas."

See also: Rally for Kim Pham Friday in Santa Ana

"I visited downtown since the event," Mayor Miguel Pulido commented a few moments later. "I encourage the general public to keep doing so. I encourage everyone else to do so."

Pulido claimed the city is working with downtown businesses to add more surveillance cameras and security guards to the so-called Artists Village. But at the same time, the mayor echoed Rojas in maintaining the area is already "safe," that Pham's killing early Saturday morning was "an isolated incident" and that her death "was not part of a massive crime wave or anything of that nature."

See also: $20,000 In Reward Money Now Offered for Info Leading to the Capture of Kim Pham's Killers

The mayor said the city is working closely with the Vietnamese community, stressing that "we see this as an assault of one of our own. We don't see it as a hate crime."

Pulido called it a "very tragic fight that occurred," adding he and the city's thoughts and prayers are with the 23-year-old Westminster victim's family.

Rojas had earlier indicated the identity of the second woman arrested, as of this morning, for Pham's murder was being withheld due to the ongoing investigation, which has so far concluded three--not five, as originally reported--people were involved in the beating death. The county coroner this week concluded Pham died of blunt force trauma to the head.

"This is still an active investigation," Rojas said. "We need assistance."

See also: Here's a Fundraising Website If You're Interested in Donating to Kim Pham's Family

All three suspects are females, including the two now in custody who include previously identified 25-year-old Vanesa Tapia Zavala of Santa Ana. A photo of the unidentified third woman, who is a considered a "person of interest" in the case, according to Rojas, was passed out at the press conference:

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Person of interest in Kim Pham's beating death

Two males who were with the three women have been identified--and they have lawyered up, according to Rojas, who said his investigators want to talk to the men and their attorneys just so they can get a better idea of what happened.

"We do not have enough information to determine how that altercation started or who said what," Rojas said.

Several videos and numerous tips have been forwarded to detectives, who ask for more by calling 714.245.8390 or contacting Orange County Crime Stoppers, even anonymously, at 1.855.TIP.OCCS.

See also: Was Kim Pham Beat to Death for Accidentally Photobombing Attackers?

Charles Lam contributed to this report.


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trying2divide
trying2divide

oh, here come the derek and danny vinyards....

englishspokenhere
englishspokenhere

btw you dumb mexicans,
here is America we have these things called: indoor plumbing, sewage systems, and septic tanks. This allows you to flush your shit paper down the toilet, rather than tossing it in the trash can where it will fester, rot, and reek of stinky burrito feces.

I realize such technological advances are hard to comprehend, but please remember to flush.

sincerely,

U.S.A.

englishspokenhere
englishspokenhere

fat, dumb, Mexican cholos! figures. I think a public hanging is appropriate.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

THANKS TO THE GOOD people who KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG and 



called the police with truthful information to catch the garbage

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

for those in power to have said that its not racial is a disservice to justice


rest in peace young lady

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

If the Cops had beaten this girl to death, they would be acquitted by a gutless jury.


sopmad
sopmad

Pathetic fat disgusting ghetto rats with no brains. obviously insecure AND jealous of a beautiful, intelligent THIN (not fat and disgusting) Vietnamese woman. Brilliant move "pinchy homegirls". The best part of it all is that one of the suspects has a 5 year old at home. CLAAAAAASY, homegirl partying while her illegitimate child stays at home. When the lil girl finds out "momma took a girl out cause she dissed me", then what are the chances this 5 year old will follow in her loser mother's footsteps someday? perpetuity??? That's the way it goes down in the hood holmes.

Jerry Engelhart
Jerry Engelhart

Hope they punish the people who committed this terrible crime!

Dan Heredia
Dan Heredia

Two Fullerton cops clearly beat a defenseless man to death on video for everyone to see. Their bail is less than these accused Latina women. Not much can be made out on the video cops are using as evidence in what is described by media and police as "hard to determine" who's involved. Witness's are not coming forward even though victim was well liked. Is there a rush to judgment here? A reasonable bail is warranted. Innocent until proven guilty just like those two murdering Fullerton cops.

Hitman_Corleone
Hitman_Corleone

I feel bad for the good latinos! This is another black eye they don't need! Mexican leaders need to reinforce good family and good citizen values as a way of life! Let the youth know, it's ok NOT to be in gangs! get more involved in sports and stay in school!! Best way to make your race superior is through knowledge!!

Chih Fly
Chih Fly

Someone did die from it, that is the bottom line. regardless if that person throw the first punch, it didn't justify the end result. We all have friends or even ourselves lost it with a stranger and started a stupid argument /fight, I certainly wouldn't wish anyone come out dead as the result. Please remember, there are 4 families' live alter forever as the result, so can we all show a bit more respect?

James Crowley
James Crowley

Heard her friends weren't coming forward to identify attackers. You know anything about why?

Armando Guzman
Armando Guzman

Bail should not be set at any amount. Murder should be No Bail.

Drey Rincon
Drey Rincon

You went to a candle light vigil and all of a sudden you know what happen? I seriously doubt there were people there saying how bad of a person she is...

Louie Peralta
Louie Peralta

RIP Kim. I don't wish death on no one & as for the other 3persons I hope your Family's stay strong.

Jason Dang
Jason Dang

Stop feeding the troll(Eon RosVive) guys. If you must give him some intelligence.

Joy Mounixay
Joy Mounixay

Sad! All this just because of photo bomb ? My heart goes out to Kim Pham family ..I'm still wondering where was all her friends when this happened?

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@sopmad  Viets are covering up Kim's murder by not coming forward. If the accused did kill the girls they will walk without witnesses. Typical Asians worried about their future more than right and wrong. 

TEDDY
TEDDY

@sopmad  I KNOW ALOOOOOOT OF VIETNAMESE GIRLS WHO ARE "BABY MAMAS" AND GO PARTY


YOU NEED TO STOP JUDGING

a_duran_21
a_duran_21

Why approach this problem with such an isolationalistic view? Improve our race? Im more worried about mankind that merely worried about my race.

sopmad
sopmad

@Hitman_Corleone Very well said! I couldn't agree more. Wish everyone could think like you, bro. My daughters are half Mexican (my wife is Mexican), and some of the BEST neighbors and people I know in Santa ana are Mexican. I couldn't ask for better in-laws. you're absolutely right, it ALL starts at home.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

There a published account from the victim's friend's out there?

Tjames
Tjames

I didn't actually see anything but this is what really happened... the Asian girl picked a fight with innocent Latina girls and things went wrong and she was accidently beat to death. Great blogging there, should work for the Register.

gustavoworksfortacos
gustavoworksfortacos

Lol this idiot is the criminal's primo. I bet half the Mexicans commenting here are related to the scum

gustavoworksfortacos
gustavoworksfortacos

This is a prime example of why people despise Mexicans...they will circle the wagons around their own despite any evidence to the contrary...these scum will not be convicted if the trial is in Santa Ana as long as one mexican sits on that jury

Hitman_Corleone
Hitman_Corleone

Probably to take justice into their own hands when the culprits are released. The Italian mafia used to do the same thing! Asians have that same cleverness,

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@TEDDY  


you judge 


why shouldnt she?


she didnt say no viets are baby mamas


she is talking about the dirt that attacked this young lady

sopmad
sopmad

Partying is defined as "kicking someone on the ground until they're dead"? Nobody's judging. Take a look inside the local jail in Santa Ana. I'd bet my house n retirement that the Vietnamese inmate population is a minuscule fraction of the constituency. There's no need to get defensive and insecure.

Eman64
Eman64

@GustavoArellano @sopmad  @sopmad - your username describes you well - you seem to not only be so mad, but also so ignorant.  You nor I were there to witness this tragedy.  Furthermore, we do not know the victim or the suspects,...so, rather than jump to conclusions (clearly what you are doing), why don't you let the justice system figure this one out.  That's why we have a justice system isn't it?  I sure hope YOU don't have children...because it's clear what mentality you would raise them with.  I understand it's a frustrating situation to most, but don't case judgment until all the FACTS are laid out in the trial. 


@GustavoArellano - ignore his/her ignorance.  It's not worth the time to argue with someone who's developed a biased opinion so soon in the developments of this case.  No one (except for those involved) knows exactly what transpired that fateful night.  All we know is a young, beautiful woman lost her life all too soon.  RIP Kim Pham, you earned your wings way too soon in life, but you are now in heaven and no one can harm you.


I can only imagine the pain the families are all experiencing. 




sicsempertyr
sicsempertyr

@GustavoArellano @sopmad  Gustavo, one of the "girls" is "from" Irvine ?  You mean she works at Chipotle and rents a room with 28 other Mexicans?  She is not "from" Irvine, holmes.

sopmad
sopmad

What difference does that make? There are low life's everywhere.

sopmad
sopmad

What difference does that make?

gustavoworksfortacos
gustavoworksfortacos

@Tjames 


no,no,no.. what really happened was that the asian girl slipped on some sricha sauce on the ground and hit her head.. the latino girls, who were going home after donating blood and serving the homeless was trying to help the poor girl out and got framed by the racist cops 

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@Hitman_CorleoneThese are hipster asians who go to dt santa ana bars when they're not studying for some stupid test. Not gang members hanging out in bikini cafes and garden grove pool halls. They don't even have the cajones to talk to the cops because they're worried about getting in trouble themselves or some mexican wannabes are gonna beat them up for ratting. You want too much Sopranos.

mandingo
mandingo

@sopmad of course it is. Asians are rats are hardly ever do time for that reason

sopmad
sopmad

Additionally, race has nothing to do with this. It's the absolute insidious ghetto mentality (whites included) that needs to be cleansed from this earth. The art of peaceful negotiating and intelligent problem solving doesn't exist amongst these idiots. Their stupidity n "pride"????? Supersede intelligent, non violent decision making. As a result they have to "kick some ass" and risk going to prison n not seeing their kids ( who'll probably grow up committing crimes like their parents).

Hitman_Corleone
Hitman_Corleone

LOL! I am the Sopranos! The Sopranos are a fictional name but they are portraying the NJ DeCavalcante crime family in which I had 3 Uncles members of. Yeah, it was nice, what a simple phone call could do! Man, I'll be honest with you watch the movie "Goodfellas" it is as glamorous as Henry Hill states! The trips as a young boy to Vegas at the best hotels and penthouses! free everything! Incredible!! Anyway, back to the subject at hand. Please forgive me, I didn't know that is what is going on in the Asian community. It's just that I read stories where they have Asian gangs and I figured they will take care of their own justice. Sorry about that. Anyway, Now you got me craving watching the Sopranos all over from the start! I just hope the ending is different this time LOL.......What a Schmuck David Chase was for giving us a pathetic ending like that! They should WHACK Him! LOL!! Ciao!!

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