August 26, 2023

USA: Stepdad Charged With Murder After 21yo Female UW Student Was Stabbed 100+ Times In Seattle Home. He Killed Her Because She Tried To Stop Him From Beating Up Her Mom To Death.


KING 5 Seattle published August 23, 2023: UW student fatally stabbed trying to protect mother highlights domestic violence statistics. Angelina Tran, 21, was stabbed over 100 times while trying to protect her mother on Aug. 7. University professors discuss her death and domestic violence data.
FOX 13 Seattle published August 23, 2023: Stepdad charged with murder after UW student was stabbed 100+ times in Seattle home. New video shows the moments leading up to the vicious and deadly stabbing of a Seattle woman. She was a 21-year-old University of Washington student who was murdered while trying to save her mom. Now, her stepdad is in jail accused of murder.

Fox13 News, Seattle, WA local
written by Staff
Tuesday August 22, 2023

SEATTLE - A 21-year-old woman died after she was stabbed more than 100 times while trying to protect her mother from her stepdad in their Seattle home, according to court documents.

Seattle police were called on Aug. 7 before 5:00 a.m. to a home on 31st Ave. S. in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

According to charging documents, the victim, 21-year-old Angelina Tran, was awoken by the sounds of a struggle in the home. She went into the kitchen to find her stepdad Nghiep Chau striking Tran's mother. Tran put herself in between the two and grabbed onto Chau to keep him away from her mother.

The two struggled, fell to the ground and documents say he then grabbed a kitchen knife from a drawer and began stabbing Tran. Tran's mother ran into a bedroom and called 911.

But the attack didn't stop there. Documents say Chau paused the attack on Tran several times, including once to change clothes and another time to grab a different kitchen knife, and another time to search for his wife.

Chau told officers that he would have stabbed and killed his wife if he had found her before police arrived. When officers arrived, Tran's mother and grandmother left the home to safety. Officers said they then saw Chau with a knife coming down the stairs. He dropped it and was taken into custody.

Documents say that Chau told patrol officers "I killed somebody." Officers got search warrants and recovered evidence at the scene including video files from the home's security camera system.

Investigators said the video footage showed the initial assault of Tran's mother and the majority of the stabbing attack of Tran.

King County Prosecutors filed two felony charges: murder in the first degree and attempted murder in the first degree.

Prosecutors argued that Chau was a flight risk and a danger to the community and a judge set bail at $5 million. Chau remains in the King County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 23 in King County Superior Court.

Tran was a student at the University of Washington.

"We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the killing of Angelina Tran," said Victor Balta, universityspokesperson. "Our hearts go out to Angelina's family and loved ones. Counselors and other resources are available for students, faculty and staff, and we encourage those in need to use them for support during this very difficult time."

A UW professor and chair of Human Centered Design and Engineering said Tran was passionate about designing for accessibility and inclusivity.

"She was involved in several directed research groups, including one on designing a toolkit for peer support for community safety and another on analyzing wilderness medicine data from a Southeast Alaskan field site," said Julie Kientz, professor and chair of Human Centered Design and Engineering. "She was also active in HuskyAdapt, BioExplore, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Vietnamese Student Association. Angelina’s instructors shared with me that she was a superb student and very enthusiastic about design research. I know she will be greatly missed."

A gofundme has been started in Tran's memory benefiting the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (Napca).
Blaze Media
written by Paul Sacca
Thursday August 24, 2023

A college student allegedly was stabbed more than 100 times by her stepfather as she attempted to protect her mother, according to police.

Early in the morning of Aug. 7, Angelina Tran was allegedly woken to the sounds of her mother being abused by her stepfather at their home in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Nghiep Kein Chau, 54, purportedly punched Tran's mother in the head "about 15 times" in the kitchen, according to charging documents.

Prosecutors say Tran attempted to protect her mother from any more domestic abuse by the stepfather. However, Chau allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed Tran a total of 107 times.

The New York Post reported, "He stopped the stabbing spree several times during the rampage, the charging documents say, including once to change his clothes and another to grab a different knife." Chau allegedly switched to a meat cleaver in the middle of the rampage.

The mother allegedly escaped the carnage and called 911 to report the stabbing.

Officers with the Seattle Police Department responded to the attack shortly before 5 a.m. and found Tran bleeding from the stab wounds on her face.

Law & Crime reported, "After Nghiep was cuffed, cops found the 'stabbed and obviously deceased body' of Angelina Tran, 'lying on her back on the floor of the kitchen.'"

Police also reportedly found Chau wearing bloody clothes and holding a knife, then allegedly admitting: "I killed somebody."

According to police, Chau walked down a staircase holding a "large bloody fixed-blade kitchen style knife, which he dropped when ordered to do so by officers."

He reportedly told police that he had been "bickering" with his wife of 19 years.

Through a Vietnamese interpreter, Chau purportedly told police that he suspected his wife was going to divorce him and take his money.

According to the Seattle Times, "He also told the detective he became angry with Tran for intervening and blocking him from her mother, who he said he was trying to find and kill before police arrived, according to court documents."

Investigators obtained search warrants and reportedly seized evidence from the residence, including home security video. The security footage allegedly displayed the initial assault as well as the fatal stabbing of the 21-year-old University of Washington student.

Investigators said that Chau stabbed Tran "at least 107 times in the torso" based on the home video.

Chau was taken into custody by police. He was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder. Chau is being held at the King County Correctional Facility on $5 million bond.

An arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 31.

A GoFundMe campaign was launched to direct funds in Tran's name to the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging.

"She graced our lives as an incredible daughter, a cherished friend, and above all, a perfect girlfriend," the crowdfunding campaign reads. "She excelled in her studies, with just one more year remaining at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her dedication and hard work were truly admirable. The pain of her absence is profound as she was a gem of a human being. The impact she had on all those fortunate enough to know her was significant."

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