Cindy Nguyen

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hopefully they find the person responsible for ending Vietnamese American Cindy Nguyen's life much too early.

More than 100 San Jose police searched Saturday for a San Jose man whom they described as the key suspect in a violent carjacking and robbery rampage that left a woman prominent in the Vietnamese-American community dead, another man hospitalized and city leaders stunned after police hit the suspect's vehicle with gunfire but he still escaped. Investigators confirmed that Cindy Nguyen, 60, of Campbell, was killed in connection with the incidents, after her Lexus sedan was carjacked Friday afternoon and her body was found early Saturday morning.

"Yesterday, San Jose experienced a crime wave we have not seen in a single day in a very long time," San Jose police Chief Chris Moore said Saturday afternoon. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed announced the city is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Police identified Paul Ray Castillo, 33, of San Jose, as the suspect [...]

The case hit hard in San Jose's Vietnamese-American community. Nguyen worked as an office manager at PN Real Estate Group in San Jose. She also hosted a radio show on Vietnamese station KAZA 1290 AM in San Jose. "We all loved her. We are going to miss her," said Nick Pham, broker-owner of PN Real Estate. "She was a wonderful person, a big sister to all of us. If you ask everybody she knows, everyone is going to tell you the same thing: She would drop everything to help you out. She always had a big smile on her face." Councilwoman Madison Nguyen, the city's only Vietnamese elected official and the representative of the district where Cindy Nguyen vanished, said the crime has resonated widely. "I've been getting so many phone calls," said Madison Nguyen, who is not related to the victim. "It's really shaken up the Vietnamese community tremendously. She's a very well-known figure in the community. She sold a lot of homes to a lot of families in the community. This really signifies a huge loss."

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