Dozens of people showed up Saturday at a fundraiser in Garden Grove benefiting the family of a 23-year-old woman who recently died after a brutal beating outside a Santa Ana nightclub.
Annie Kim Pham died on Jan. 21, three days after she was hospitalized with severe injuries. Her funeral was held on Jan. 28.
A number of Pham’s friends showed up to Saturday’s event, which was held at the 7 Seas restaurant. Money raised from the fundraiser would go to cover the family’s costs, including those from Pham’s funeral, according to the Orange County Register.
T-shirts, hats and rubber bracelets–all donated from Ink Press, a company based in Garden Grove –were among the items sold at the event, the Register reported.
While the fundraiser was held primarily to raise money for Pham’s family, friends also used the occasion to remember the young woman.
“She always went out of her way to show people how much she cared,” said Vy, a close friend of Pham’s.
“Going through everything we’ve been through the past couple of weeks, we don’t want it to be where we’re still mourning her, we want it to be where we’re celebrating her life.” said Grace, another close friend. “Just having fun, enjoying talking about her, her adventures with us, and keeping her memory alive.”
Two women – 27-year-old Candace Marie Brito and 25-year-old Vanesa Tapia Zavala — have been arrested in connection with Pham’s death. Both have pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Police were still searching for a third unidentified woman in connection with the beating death.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled the name of Vanesa Tapia Zavala.