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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 06/29/2010

Vanessa Pham fund, vigil set

By Tom Jackman

Friends of Vanessa Pham, the 19-year-old Falls Church-area woman found stabbed to death Sunday afternoon, have established a fund to help her family pay for a funeral service and have scheduled a candelight vigil for her Tuesday night.

Contributions may be sent to:
Navy Federal Credit Union
Vanessa Pham Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 3100
Merrifield, VA 22119-3100

Fairfax school officials said a vigil will take place at 8:30 p.m. at Vienna's James Madison High School, from which Pham graduated last year.

Pham had just finished her freshman year at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, where she was studying fashion design. She had received a "distinguished senior" award from Madison for her work in fine arts, and her family said she was a talented artist and designer.

Pham's body was found about 3:30 p.m. Sunday inside her Scion hatchback. The hatchback had been driven into a ditch along Route 50 in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County, near the intersection with Williams Drive just before Gallows Road. Police publicly identified her on Monday.

A Facebook memorial page has already attracted more than 1,200 members.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

--Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  | June 29, 2010; 11:51 AM ET
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Comments

This is so sad and so senseless. We as a nation MUST repent of our sins and turn to God NOW!!! God gave us the gift of salvation through HIS only begotten Son, The Lord Jesus Christ and we ignore Him and demand the right to kill our babies if we so choose!!! Do we then think we will live in peace, joy and happiness? Life is precious to God. He is the giver of life and we have no right to do evil in His sight and expect blessings!!! Lord, bless the Pham family, I pray, in The Name of Jesus The Christ. Help us to turn to You, O Lord before it is too late!!! Kathy S.

Posted by: kathysettles | June 29, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

This is so sad and so senseless. We as a nation MUST repent of our sins and turn to God NOW!!! God gave us the gift of salvation through HIS only begotten Son, The Lord Jesus Christ and we ignore Him and demand the right to kill our babies if we so choose!!! Do we then think we will live in peace, joy and happiness? Life is precious to God. He is the giver of life and we have no right to do evil in His sight and expect blessings!!! Lord, bless the Pham family, I pray, in The Name of Jesus The Christ. Help us to turn to You, O Lord before it is too late!!! Kathy S.

Posted by: kathysettles | June 29, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, but why does the family need to beg for money to pay for a funeral? She was attending college and owned a car; they couldn't be that destitute. Sell the bloody car and there you go -- funeral money. I hate the way every tragedy nowadays seems to morph into a fundraising opportunity.

Posted by: 7900rmc | June 29, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

7900rmc - If you actually knew the families financial obligations you wouldn't post negative comments like that. Shut your "bloddy" mouth and show some damn respect!

Posted by: vanhuynh1954 | June 29, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"7900rmc" clearly you are lacking even a hint of critical thinking.

1. The car crashed into a ditch and is no doubt covered in blood. It was also probably impounded by the police as evidence.

2. There are student loans and scholarships for students that can't afford school.

Try less hate and more thinking! You'll be a better person for it.


Posted by: cleanfront | June 29, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

7900rmc - What a terrible thing to post. This girl's family and friends are grieving and trying to figure out how to pull a funeral together. Vanessa was an innocent, sweet girl, loved by all who knew her. Her family is not wealthy and sacrificed much to give Vanessa a good life. Shame on you.

Posted by: Not_Sure1 | June 29, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

It is quite obvious that 7900rmc is a person who lacks compassion and morals.... some people are just miserable my nature and we ALL know that misery loves company.... to the Pham family... i am truly sorry for the lost of your precious gift (your daughter).... i know that there are no words of comfort but i do pray that your spirit is comforted...and please try to ignore any and all ignorant comments that may come.... God Bless you and your Family....

Posted by: ReflectionofLyfe | June 29, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

It's a "Memorial Fund" moron...God bless this family in their time of need. Hope we catch this person and give them some Virginia justice like a hot seat in Jarrett...

Posted by: FedUp8 | June 29, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

This is the third young woman from this high school ( which my own children attended) in 4 years. One was Taylor Biehl, one was Maxine Turner who was murdered in the Virginia Tech Massacre, now Vanessa, It amazes me that a society that hovers over its young children tolerates so much violent savagery, and I have to admit we can't blame it on guns, we much search our souls to come up with some answers. My heartfelt condolences to the family, which by the way for the unspeakably rude individual above is headed by a single mother who works long hours and the girl also worked for everything she had.

Posted by: maryannevans2 | June 29, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow, talk about missing the boat. Chances are her family didn't set up the fund. It almost assuredly was set up by friends of the family who did it in an effort to help a family through a terrible tragedy. And to answer your question, it morphs into a fundraiser because it's the right thing to do. Nobody is forced to give. But those that want to help our can. If you ever lose a child my guess is you would take a much different tone that the heartless and callous one you front now.

Posted by: ouvan59 | June 29, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I graduated with Vanessa from Madison last year and didn't know her very well but she was the kindest person I've ever met and I'm not just saying that. But I have to agree with maryannevans2, I thought I was the only one who noticed that trend (even though they are completely unrelated).
Oh and by the way 7900rmc, the fund was organized by her friends and you have no right to say something that horrible about someone you've never met!

Posted by: stephstratos | June 30, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

To 7900rmc- What a horrible thing to say. This just shows everyone what kind of human being you are. You don't even know the family situation and couldn't even imagine all that they have been through. Vanessa was amazing and her single mother worked night and day to give her daughter an opportunity that nobody in the family had. The fund was set up by friends because everyone else had a heart and was trying to help. You my friend- I do not see good karma for you.

Thank you.

Posted by: tracy_tto | June 30, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

To Vanessa's mom Miss Julie Pham, Please know that our prayers are with you for your loss. The pain and suffering you are feeling I don't even want to imagine. Our society has become desensitized to violence on the whole and that is something only we can change through stopping our glorification of violence in the media and slaps on the hand through our justice system. People have to start looking around a little more and stop being so politically correct all the time. If something seems out of place or just does not look right then ACT on it!. The police are limited and can't be everywhere so it's up to all of us to start picking up the slack. May the scumbag that did this suffer every day for the rest of his life and then through eternity. May your testicles be seperated from your body and you live your life as a eunich you worthless freak.

Posted by: Hammerhead2 | July 2, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Tempting as it is to tag 7900rmc's "contribution" to the discussion, and have the nice WaPo moderators remove the stench, I humbly ask that this not happen (unless the family asks; they clearly have the right to have this desecration removed, if that is their will).
But it's important that Americans understand that this vile mindset is no longer relegated to the fringes, or under the rocks where it's historically festered.
There are people who think and talk just like this all over our mass media. And there are people who DON'T talk like this, but absolutely do THINK just like this, in high office today -- and they make policy on this basis.
Concealing it from view, sanitizing it, makes it harder, not easier, to deal with.
Every day, the powers that divide us work hard to deepen the divisions that separate us, because it's politically effective for them. We can't fight it effectively if we don't see it in all its worst manifestations. Letting them hide this proof of what motivates and empowers them, allows them to pretend it's not there, and to refuse the responsibility for fostering it; we must not make that mistake.
My sympathy with the family is absolute, as are my prayers for them. I hope they never know what was said here; nobody should have to deal with that, ever, let alone at such times.
But the rest of us need to know just what's going on in far too many peoples' minds, and how it's being encouraged and exploited.

Posted by: smartalek | July 3, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I am a Vietnam, read this very frustrating, a good person like that was killing people like that. Hope the police find the perpetrators quickly to bring to light for everyone to enjoy. Do not know the culprit is intentional or not know the laws of the United States anymore.

Posted by: minhluat_nguyen | July 4, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I was looking for a way to give directly to her mom. In case you want to do the same, you can make a check to Julie Pham, and send to VATV (Vietnamese American News Source in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland)

VATV
7223 Lee Highway # 302
Falls Church, VA 22046

The VATV will send the checks to her.

Posted by: newbie13 | July 5, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

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