One Southern California woman is dead and 2 others are currently imprisoned after a late night melee outside of a nightclub. Annie Hung “Kim” Pham was beaten to death by a group of five people outside of the Crosby Bar and Nightclub on January 18th, 2014. The altercation reportedly began after 25 year old Annie Pham accidentally “photobombed” which is a common euphemism for accidentally ruining a group photo which happened to be being taken of some of the suspects. After the photobombing words were exchanged and Pham was allegedly attacked by two or three of the suspects according to a source with the Santa Ana Police Department, Corporal Anthony Bertagna. The two or three suspects attacked Pham together and fled the scene before authorities arrived. Although Pham made it to the hospital alive, she succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday the 21st of January.
The first arrest in the case was made on Monday due to a number of witness statements as well as cell phone and surveillance footage taken before, during and after the attack. The woman initially brought in for the killing was Vanessa Tapia Zavala, a 25 year old Santa Ana woman. She was charged with first degree murder by the prosecutors and is currently being held on a one million dollar bail. There is also a second as yet unnamed person 27 year old brought in later in the week, her bail is yet to be determined.
Annie Pham had recently finished her college education at nearby Chapman University and was described by family and friends as a “compassionate and gentle woman” who had given her time and resources to help those affected by the recent tsunami in Japan as well raising awareness and money for breast cancer awareness initiatives. Local businesses as well as a local anti-crime groups had both posted rewards for information leading to the capture of these suspects, it is unknown currently if these rewards have been claimed.
Patrick Donovan is a criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts. Attorney Donovan is a former Assistant District Attorney that has represented people charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes in Massachusetts.