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Nightclub death: California police make second arrest

Santa Ana, Calif., police arrest two women in connection with beating death of Kim Pham, and search for third person of interest.
Posted By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com   |   Jan. 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Police in California arrested two women in connection with the beating death of Kim Pham at a Santa Ana nightclub and are searching for a third in connection to the case.

A 27-year-old woman, whose name wasn't reported, was arrested Friday, suspected of being involved in the melee that fatally injured Pham, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Pham was hospitalized with blunt-force traumatic injuries to the head and died after three days on life support.

On Wednesday, Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 25, pleaded not guilty to murder for her alleged role in the incident. Zavala was being held on $1 million bail.

"Three people at various times, depending on what video you look at, were involved physically with Ms. Pham," Santa Ana's interim police chief, Carlos Rojas said. "While there was a physical altercation, we don't know what precipitated it."

Mayor Miguel Pulido said he believes the beating was an isolated incident and not related to Pham's Vietnamese ethnicity.

"We don't see this as a hate or gang crime," he said.

[Los Angeles Times]
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