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January 30, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Contrary to reports that bystanders did nothing as a 23-year-old woman was fatally beaten outside a Santa Ana nightclub, an Orange County prosecutor said that as many as 15 people tried to come to the victim's rescue. Kim Pham died after being pummeled, knocked to the ground and then stomped during a Jan. 18 altercation outside the club. Criticism erupted after a video of the fight surfaced,  showing some people standing nearby or recording the fight on their cellphones. But Senior Deputy Dist.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A second woman charged in the fatal beating of a recent college graduate outside a Santa Ana nightclub pleaded not guilty to murder charges Tuesday. Candace Marie Brito, 27, of Santa Ana faces one felony count of murder in the Jan. 18 beating of 23-year-old Kim Pham. She is being held on $1-million bail. “My client steadfastly maintains she had nothing to do with what happened that night,” said her attorney, Michael Molfetta. Brito is one of three women authorities suspect of taking part in a melee outside the Crosby in the city's downtown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A second woman arrested in the fatal beating of a woman outside a Santa Ana nightclub is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. Candace Marie Brito, 27, of Santa Ana is facing one count of murder in the Jan. 19 beating that left 23-year-old Kim Pham dead. Brito is one of three women suspected in the melee, which has captured national attention and prompted Santa Ana civic leaders to defend the city's historic downtown as a safe area. Vanesa Tapia Zavala, a 25-year-old mother and Santa Ana resident, pleaded not guilty to murder last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2014 | By Anh Do
Dung  Pham 's eyes welled with tears Sunday as he described the last time he saw his 23-year-old daughter, Kim, who died last week after she was severely beaten outside a Santa Ana nightclub. "I called her home last Wednesday," two days before the attack, Pham said, "so I could help change the oil in her car. When you have children, no matter how old, you always want to make sure all is well, even the little things. " Kim Pham had just gotten a job at Nordstrom and wanted to celebrate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2014 | By Anh Do
Dung Pham knows only one way to survive the loss of his 23-year-old daughter, Kim, who died last week after she was severely beaten outside a Santa Ana nightclub. "All I can do is practice to forget," Pham, 60, said of his youngest child. "Forget the memories. Forget the big moments. Forget everything. Only then would we suffer less. " Police said Kim Pham was attacked in the predawn hours of Jan. 18 as she stood in line outside The Crosby club. She was still unconscious when officers arrived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014
Join Times staff writers Adolfo Flores and Anh Do for an online discussion Friday morning at 9 about Kim Pham, the Chapman University graduate who was fatally beaten outside of a Santa Ana nightclub. The 23-year-old woman was beaten so severely that she was unconscious when police arrived. She was taken off life support this week. So far, Santa Ana police have arrested one woman and are looking for four others in connection with the attack, which one friend said may have been sparked when Pham unintentionally walked in front of a camera as a group posed for a photo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | Adolfo Flores
A Santa Ana woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the beating death of a 23-year-old nightclub patron who was hit and kicked during a violent altercation in Santa Ana's historic district. Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 25, is being held on $1-million bail and faces a single murder charge in the death of Kim Pham, a Westminster resident who'd been coaxed by friends into going out for the evening. Zavala's attorney said his client never hit Pham and was actually struck and knocked to the ground herself during the fight outside The Crosby, a trendy club in the city's downtown area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
An autopsy found that the woman who was beaten outside a downtown Santa Ana lounge early Saturday died of complications from blunt-force trauma to the head, the Santa Ana Police Department said. Kim Pham, 23, of Huntington Beach was hit and kicked in a fight outside The Crosby. One person has been charged in her death and four others are being sought. Pham, a recent Chapman University graduate who aspired to become a writer and talk-show host, was declared brain-dead shortly after she was admitted to the hospital and was pronounced dead Tuesday after being taken off life support.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Ruben Vives
Business merchants in downtown Santa Ana are offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the people involved in the beating of a young woman outside of a club there over the weekend. A woman in her 20s, whose name was not released, was taken into custody Monday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily harm to the victim,  identified by family and friends as Kim  Pham , a Westminster resident. Santa Ana Police, however, continue to search for two other women and two men involved in the assault and are asking the public's help in identifying them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
As police in Santa Ana continued their hunt for four suspects in the beating of a 23-year-old woman, friends and family gathered at the victim's hospital bedside where she remains on life support. Kim Pham was hit and stomped as she waited outside the Crosby in downtown Santa Ana early Saturday, an altercation that was captured on video. Police said she was unconscious by the time they arrived. A recent Chapman University graduate, Pham was with a group of friends standing in line to get into the trendy nightspot when they got into an argument with another group.
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