Who is Trinh Nguyen? Mom leaves unsettling message after shooting sons, 9 and 13
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Trinh Nguyen, a mother of two, shot her sons while they slept on May 2. As per the Philadelphia police, the 38-year-old acted premeditatedly when she killed her sons, 13-year-old Jeffrey and 9-year-old Nelson, on May 2, and wrote a will seven days earlier, describing what she wanted to be done with their ashes.
The message obtained by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office read, "Please call 911! My children are dead in their bed." Nguyen also left a signed will, dated April 25, a week before the murder, that stated what to do with her sons' remains as well as her own. The will confirmed the suspicions that she planned to take her own life after killing her sons.
After a search warrant was executed on her minivan, detectives located .38-caliber ammunition, several empty suspected heroin packages, several full suspected heroin packages, and swabs of suspected blood, among other evidence. Nguyen fled in her white minivan immediately after shooting her sons but was tracked down at the United Methodist Church in Washington's Crossing and was taken into custody.
Her sons were found with gunshot wounds to their heads and were transported to the hospital. They were on life support for five days but were pronounced dead on Friday, May 6. Earlier, Nguyen was charged with three counts of attempted homicide and one count of possession of an instrument of crime. After the boys passed away, she is now facing first-degree murder charges.
"I have been praying for these boys and their surviving family for days. I am so sad to hear of their passing. This defendant's murder of two of her sons is unconscionable and horrific. We will do what needs to be done to seek justice for all of them," said District Attorney Matt Weintraub in the press release.
"Nguyen was arraigned on Monday morning before Magisterial District Judge Michael W. Petrucci on two counts of murder of the first degree and one count each of attempted homicide, possession of an instrument of crime, and possession of a controlled substance. She has been incarcerated at the Bucks County Correctional Facility since last week when she was charged with attempted homicide. She was denied bail because of the nature of the offense," the statement reads.
According to the cops, the crime may have stemmed from a disagreement regarding the rent Nguyen owed to her former husband's family, who own the house she lived in. The detectives learned that Nguyen was being evicted from her residence and was given the notice to vacate by Tuesday, May 3.
The release further stated, "Gianni Melchiondo, the 22-year-old nephew of her ex-husband and her neighbor, told police that Nguyen handed him a box of photos and asked him to give the box to her ex-husband. When Melchiondo turned around to face Nguyen, he saw her pointing a black revolver to his face. She pulled the trigger two times, but the gun did not fire, he told police. He then engaged Nguyen, wrapped her in a bear hug, and eventually disarmed her. After disarming her, Melchiondo cleared the firearm, and saw multiple rounds inside."
District Attorney Matt Weintraub discusses attempted homicide charges filed today against Trinh Nguyen of Upper Makefield Township. pic.twitter.com/8Gvx9J0AtV— Bucks County District Attorney's Office (@BucksDa) May 2, 2022