In Loving Memory of Tracy Nguyen
Dedicated to Tracy Nguyen, a beloved daughter, sister, relative, and friend. She lived gracefully from November 26, 1996 to August 1, 2015.
Tracy was taken away from her family and friends long before her time. Tracy was heavily involved with school activities and was a dancer for her local dance team at UCLA. She was a genuine and free-spirited girl. She made friends with everyone she was around with and was alway caught laughing or jumping or living freely. She had a loving and supportive family, and it breaks our hearts to hear this. We can't imagine the how her family is feeling right now.
This campaign is dedicated to helping the Nguyen family during this difficult time. The family did not create the fundraiser and will privately keep the financial burden. However, her friends who wanted to support them took the initiative to start up this campaign. Her family deeply appreciates what the community has done in her memory and have decided that her gofundme campaign will all go to charity. Based on her philanthropy, we will donate to 20|20|20, UNICEF Tap Water Project, and Right to Education Project, and also perhaps other charities in raising awareness for the potential causes of her passing. We thank you in advance for your kindnesses and generosity.
For any messages and condolences, you can send at this page Here
@Jimmy Wu Because that detracts from the point of the fundraiser, you ignorant prick. The purpose of the campaign is to support the Nguyen family during this crisis. Regardless of the cause of death, the emotional trauma their family is experiencing at the moment can only be beyond words. The community that surrounded Tracy, one consisting of those who loved her, is doing everything it can to mitigate the pain of its loss. We are here convening to honor the person that Tracy was. We are not highlight the consequence of a single action she took. One act does not make a person, and many of the supporters here can vouch for the special spirit that she was.
To everyone in this comment section, please know that we, her family, are still in grievance. We did not intend to setup this fundraiser; we were willing to keep the financial burden to ourselves. It was my sister's community that started this fund. She was a vibrant member of the dance community, so her people from her high school and UCLA dance community joined to support us, which we deeply appreciate. As for the cause of death, results aren't released yet, however, we want to start raising awareness for drug abuse or other causes. We just need some time. And don't worry, we will definitely keep you posted on where the fund goes, whether it'd be for the funeral services, raising awareness of cause of death, or Tracy's philanthropy. Thank you for your condolences and for reading this.
@Jimmy Wu It seems like you're still missing the point. First of all, you're comparing a teenage girl who took a single risk (and didn't intend to harm anyone) to an extremist militant group that conducts public beheadings. That's ridiculous in itself. Even if it is just an example, the focus of the money is going towards her family. So what you apparently want is for people to find out what crisis her family is in, and why they are in that crisis. Her family is in a great deal of emotional pain, and the taxes and memorial properties are unkind burdens that our community can lessen. And why? Because they lost their daughter, and we cared about her too. Look, I understand the objective perspective that you're trying to provide; I admit I might have a similar thought if I was not directly involved in this situation myself. However, I hope you understand that you're being really insensitive about this issue, and that your comments aren't necessarily doing anyone any good. After all your lectures have been said an done, arguments and all made, at the end of the day all you've done is make a loving community angry.
Have some respect for the dead, people. If you don't wish to donate then just move on. Her cause of death isn't known at the moment, it's all speculation. And regardless of whatever it is, the money is going to her surviving family right? The hardship they're facing is going to be the same no matter how she died.
@Jimmy Wu How about this, I will start with saying get off your high horse. Does it seem like it really matters whether or not the founder needs to explain specifically why this fundraiser is being held? You say that it is crucial information that should be provided but how crucial is the information if you all you know is what you heard from the media? There hasn't even been an autopsy and you, a stranger, a person of no relation to this person, not a pathologist, can confidently state she over dosed on drugs? This was meant as a way to gain support from friends, family, and any willing outside support. If you rather hear a necessary reason before YOU decide to support or not, we as the community would rather you take your time and money elsewhere because you have already demonstrated your unwillingness to support with a prejudged and predetermine view towards this cause. And no this fundraiser does not simply say what you apparently decided it says, because the description for fundraiser is right there.
How dare you @Jimmy Wu and @Niomi Alderete. Even if you despise Tracy for her mistake, know that a young 18 year old girl is paying for it with her life. You're picking on a grieving family who didn't even set up this account. Other REAL adults set this up to support them because they are that great of a family. Keep in mind that this family not only had to take out loans to pay for Tracy's college education but they also have three other children who will and already do attend exceptional and thus expensive schools. No family should ever have to feel this loss and also be greeted with this kind of disrespect. I'm only 19 and even I know better. If Tracy were here she'd say that it's okay for people to express their views. But guess what? She's not. I'm here. And I'm telling you this is the most disgusting and humiliating behavior I have ever seen.
I understand where you're coming from, but money doesn't buy her back. What people should be doing is supporting the family and friends through sharing memories and the good times that they've had with Tracy, helping them by being there, to cope and recuperate from the trauma. Saying, "Hey, here's a hundred bucks" doesn't alleviate the community's pain. I am very sorry for your loss and will be praying for her family, friends, and her.
To those who are making comments about the money.. it isn't solely about getting money because we all lost Tracy. My family, who are Vietnamese, gives money as a blessing. It's a way to bless the person receiving it. So, in this case, it's like giving blessings to the family so we can help Tracy rest in peace. Money doesn't help the fact that she passed, but it also gives a sense of being able to help alleviate the pain of the family by helping with the cost of the funeral. No one is forcing anyone to donate. Praying and consoling the family is amazing as well. This was set up just so people can help in anyway possible. Rather it be money or prayers. So please just keep negative comments to yourself because it realy doesn't do any good. It only upsets people who are already going through a tough time. If donating is not of your interest, you don't need to be on this page or express negative things you feel about it. If praying for her family is what you think is the best, then by all means please do, but don't come to insult anyone for wanting to donate in her memory.
So we're all arguing and being keyboard warriors over a GoFundMe page made to fundraise money to help pay off the memorial costs? Society really has changed into something.. it's not bad to express your opinion on the matter, but really? Over someone's death? If you're not going to help out the family then get off this page and move on with your life instead of sitting around and trying to aggravate other people.
@Niomi... Apparently you have never heard of scholarships or poor people living in CA or poor people find a way to get drugs. Have a little compassion for this family and lets hope you or anyone in your family never has to go through this themselves and is put in a postition to ask for help to bury a loved one. Watch what you say cause your tongue will punish you.
@Colin Hwang The cause of death in a fundraiser surrounding a person's death is not distracting; rather it is crucial information that should be provided. Consider this: ISIS is fighting a difficult battle and facing a crisis, please donate to their cause! Would you not want to find out what crisis ISIS is in and why are they in that crisis before you donate? The fundraiser's founder doesn't have to highlight the cause of death, but I do find it incredibly disingenuous to ask for money without a word about it. This fundraiser is simply saying "She died, family suffers, need money".
Wow you people are horrible...her family is in mourn and this is the last thing they would need to read hurtful comments of their loved one...if you dont feel like donating fine DONT but then dont comment .Nothing is worse then having an opinion you know nothing about .. Our condolenses to your family and friends
@Colin Hwang Reading the comments made me chuckle "Why does this page not mention how she died from willful drug overdose? I think anyone donating has the right to know the cause of death if her death is to be the reason for this fundraiser." Arguing on a dead girl's fundraising page? You are mad enough to call someone out on the internet as a prick for having an opinion on the subject at hand. You really can't blame him for his suspicion on this topic because so many other people go through this and yet all they get is a few goodbyes from their family which is enough. Oh and in my opinion, raising awareness is enough for the cause, I think it's a little insulting to the family to just raise a "fund" that just lost a family member. Throwing that few thousand dollars at their face as a "hope this makes you feel a little better" money doesn't really work.
My sincere condolences to this family. @NiomiAlderete - Nobody sympathizes with you here, and nobody cares that you grew up in foster care. Your resentment and anger clearly comes from the fact that your parents chose drugs over their own child. But that's on them, don't take your resentment out on a family who clearly loved and supported their child and automatically assume they're "mooching". Awesome that you chose to join the military and serve your country. Want a gold metal? Go ask Obama or your LT. for one. In the mean time, why don't you learn how to spell properly and get a "proper education" and mind your own business and do something with all the military training rather than share your ignorant opinions that nobody cares about. @JimmyWu - don't make this about politics and bring ISIS into this. I know you'll respond back with something smart and insulting, but really, have a little sympathy. How would you feel if this was your friend or family? Show a little respect.
@Jennifer McCarthy Ruiz I actually grew up in LA county foster care due to both parents being drug attics. I chose to better my life and NOT so drugs, Well and I didn't have a family to mooch off. I successfully served the Army for 7 years and did two tours overseas. SO yes you are correct I don't feel sorry for someone who CHOSE to do drugs and waste a perfectly good education