In loving memory of Thể Nguyen, a beloved grandpa

On the morning of March 5, Thể Nguyen was taken from our family through a senseless and merciless act of violence. He was fatally shot on his own driveway. He tragically passed in the arms of his son and daughter before first responders were able to arrive. We are still reeling from the horrific crime and the loss of his life.

News Articles:

* SF Chronicle - Man fatally shot in San Jose’s third homicide over the weekend 
* NBC Bay Area - Father Shot Killed While Confronting Suspects Tampering with Car 
* KTVU - New surveillance video of suspect car involved in San Jose homicide 
* CBS Local - 2 Suspects Sought in Fatal Shooting of 55 Year Old Man in East San Jose 

Note: At the time of posting this GoFundMe, the suspects have not been apprehended, if you know of someone with information about the case the family asks that you help contact the San Jose Police department ’s homicide unit. The family would be grateful for your help in getting them closure.

I am helping my sister-in-law and family fundraise for the unexpected and tragic loss of her father. For them, a family used to privacy and staying quiet, allowing me to share their personal story takes a great deal of courage - they’ve never spoken up like this before. My hope is that by being vulnerable and transparent in telling their father’s story, it can make a difference for them. Their hope is it will also raise awareness and give others in similar situations the courage to speak up.

We are speaking out in the hope that his story will raise awareness of tragedies caused by gun violence. While we do not know whether this was motivated by anti-Asian animus that has been on the rise of late, losing someone so brutally is devastating and painful for the family regardless. By sharing his story, we want to showcase and honor the human behind the victim, and urge others who have faced similar tragedies and grief to speak up as well. Their stories deserve to be remembered.

This is Thể’s story.

Thể Nguyen came to the US as an immigrant, escaping Vietnam in hopes of a safer and better life for his family. He worked everyday of his life as a car mechanic to provide for them because he felt his hard work would be rewarded by having his family and his children succeed in our country - the true American dream. He was a fun and loving man. Thể was talkative, thoughtful, and befriended everyone - he was beloved within the community and known for his friendliness and generosity. He was always taking care of his family - one way he showed love to his wife and kids was constantly repairing and maintaining the family’s cars - to make sure everyone had cars in good and safe working condition. Thể recently became the grandfather to a baby girl (4mo) and baby boy (2mo), both of whom he cherished. Thể was finally stepping back from working all the time, and enjoying life with his family. Unfortunately, his life has been tragically cut short.


Our family is not prepared for this magnitude of loss. Thể Nguyen was only 55, and he was planning on living to an old age, spending more time with his wife, kids and grandkids. This was not supposed to happen to him, and should not happen to anyone. Our family is devastated at the loss of a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and father-in-law. He leaves behind a doting wife, his four loving kids, and four grandkids.

The family is devastated and dealing with their grief and profound loss in private. Beyond the emotional and mental toll this has taken on the family, it has also resulted in an unexpected financial burden. The family has given me permission to create this GoFundMe to both raise awareness of what happened and to help them with the unplanned for costs. 

We want Thể Nguyen to be remembered as more than just a victim - we want Thể to be remembered as a kind hearted person, a loving family member, someone who was loved, cherished, and most of all, a good man. My brother, sister-in-law and her family hope to raise their grandchildren in a way that would make their grandfather proud, and as the little ones grow up, hope to share stories of their ông (grandfather) to cherish and honor his memory.

Nothing can replace the loss of a precious human life, but my hope is that this GoFundMe can help my sister-in-law and Thể Nguyen’s family in their time of suffering. They are carrying a heavy emotional and mental burden, and any contribution, big or small, will help lighten the load of their unexpected financial burden, giving them one less thing to worry about. The money fundraised will help cover the sudden and unexpected expenses, medical bills, and legal fees in handling this matter and future costs associated with the trauma his children endured as witness to this. Any additional costs fundraised will go to further help the family.

Thank you so much for your consideration; Thể Nguyen’s family is so grateful for your support.

Sincerely,
Margaret Nguyen
A grieving sister-in-law
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Margaret Nguyen 
Organizer
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