Woman Who Died After Brutal Nightclub Beating Wanted a Quiet Night at Home

phamShe didn't even want to go out that night. Twenty-three-year-old California woman Kim Pham died after a brutal beating outside an Orange County nightclub. Saturday night Pham texted friends to hang out at her apartment. But her friends convinced her to go out with them instead. Much later that night, Pham and her friends were outside a Santa Ana club when a fight broke out. Pham was not the type to get into a fight, but she was pulled into the altercation and was severely beaten. Police found her unconscious and in a coma. Tuesday night her family took her off life support and she died.

It's a mystery how Pham got involved in the fight that ended her life. One witness says she may have accidentally walked in front of a group of people posing for a photo. But from all reports it sounds like she was the last person who would involve herself in a public argument.

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Friends and family describe her as a sweet young woman with a big heart who loved to write and dreamed of becoming a talk show host. She was a recent college graduate. Pham's uncle, Erik Doan, says, "She had so much to give back, so much to experience. And it was cut so short."

"She had such a big heart. She was always putting herself out there -- ready to cheer you up -- whenever and wherever you needed it," said high school friend Tiffany Bui.

It sounds like the fight was mainly between Pham's friends and a group of people they didn't know. Pham was hit and stomped on the ground. Police have arrested one woman and are searching for four others in connection to the incident.

It's scary to think that something like this could happen to an innocent bystander. Imagine, going out with your friends -- and you never make it home. I think we've all seen people getting aggressive after a night out. We all know it happens, but who expects to die in a fight? That's not a fear people should have to face when they go out. Pham wasn't looking for trouble.

Meanwhile, Pham left one last gift behind. Her family just discovered that she was an organ donor. At least something good may have come out of this terrible incident.

How safe do you feel when you're out very late with friends?


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Baile... Bailey8307

I hope the perpetrators are all caught and justice is served. A family is now without their daughter because these grown adults took a stupid argument to an incredible extreme! God bless her and her family, may she rest in peace.

nonmember avatar Alex

May she RIP, how awful. I hope the SOBs get the book thrown at them.

Growing up my mom always warned us about going out after we had already decided to stay home or were getting ready to go to bed. She was convinced that many tragedies happened like that. She knew several people who died after they were settling down and friends called and convinced them to come out instead. Then my friends little sister died one night after already being on bed and coming out to go "cruising" with friends.

Anyway, that has always stuck with me.

Green... GreenEyesMom

Agreed, the book. Or the same beating/stomping Pham received. Wow. Just so tragic. RIP

I've never worried about dying in a fight, haven't been in many. Specially after high school. People shouldn't have to worry about that sort of thing.

00NoW... 00NoWay00

Very sad.  :(  May she rest in peace. 

matty... mattykswifey

So very sad:( these things never cease to amaze me! Bless her poor family!

Railr... RailroadGirl

Such a beautiful young girl taken to soon. I've never understood the theory behind frightening. It never resolves anything the other person who didn't win gets mad and keeps it going. If it was over photo that is especially stupid. R.I.P.

hopea... hopealways4019

By 9;30 im in bed..every night 365 days a year.. Im too old to be hanging out late.. Streets aint safe anyway. She was in the wrong place.. At the wrong time. RipI

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