Pham was found unconscious on the sidewalk after a fight. Videotape show several people beat and kicked Pham as she lay on the ground outside nightclub.
Friends of Pham say the incident may have started after Pham accidentally stepped in front of a camera as a group of people posed for a photo. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 25, of Westminster, was arrested and charged with one felony count of murder.
Because of a conflict of interest, we were unable to represent the family.
This is a very tragic death. One has to wonder how such an insignificant thing of walking across someone else’s photo could start such a fatal confrontation.
People also need to reflect on why they didn’t put down their video phones and help. The facts seem to suggest that if people had simply helped break up this confrontation, Pham might still be alive today.
In the Pham case, criminal murder charges are being brought against Zavala. Wrongful death rights and damages available to victims can be reviewed here. In civil assault and battery cases not resulting in death, theories of liability and damages can be read here.