Kim Pham, Nightclub Beating: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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A 23-year-old woman is dead after a dispute outside of a Santa Ana, California club turned deadly. Kim Pham was waiting to get into the club at around 12:30 a.m. when she got into an argument with other people waiting online. The group then descended on Pham allegedly kicking her in her head and body. Friends say that the group of at least two men and two women may have attacked her because of Pham got in the way of their photograph.

Here is what you need to know about this horrific event:

1. The Attack Was Caught on Tape

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The attack occurred outside of Santa Ana nightclub, The Crosby, located at 400 North Broadway in Santa Ana. The beating was captured in a brief cell phone video, which you can watch above.

Police working the case are asking that anyone else with cell phone footage of the attack to come forward and allow them to examine it.

2. Pham was Beaten Brain Dead then Reportedly Succumbed to her Injuries

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According to local news outlet KTLA, Pham was listed as being in extremely critical condition when she arrived at a local hospital. Although it was reported that she had been put on life support on Monday afternoon, news outlets reportedly confirmed her death later that day. Her family said Monday that she was being left alive so that she could become an organ donor.

3. Police Have Arrested One Suspect

(Screen Grab via KCAL9)

(Screen Grab via KCAL9)

One of the multiple attackers seen in the cell phone videos collected by police was arrested earlier this week. Her identity was revealed to be Vanesa Tapia Zavala, a 25-year-old mother. She is being charged with murder after initially being arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

Police are still searching for the other attackers who appear in the video.

4. Friends & Family are Calling for Justice

A website as well as posters spread around the Santa Ana area mark an attempt on the part of Pham’s friends and family to find the people who attacked her.

THe website was made to accept donations for Pham’s hospital bills, but the family has since asked the people who started it to stop accepting donations.

5. There is a $5,000 Reward for Information on the Other Suspects

The Crosby, as well as a group of local business owners announced on Monday that a $5,000 reward was being offered for information. THe police are asking that anyone who may know something call the Santa Ana Police Department at 714-245-8665 or OC Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.

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