Who was Chris Dong Vo? Hairdresser who honored Vietnam refugees slain in Ohio
Two men have been arrested after Vo, 57, was found murdered in a garage in Cleveland the day after Christmas
CLEVELAND, OHIO: A well-known hairdresser, Chris Dong Vo, was found murdered in a garage in Cleveland, Ohio, on December 26. The day after Christmas, an individual noticed blood trickling out from under a garage door called 911. Police responded to the city's West Side in the evening, where they discovered Vo's body. The garage he was found murdered in was connected to his own home.
At present, two suspects -- Chadd Webb and Daniel Mobley, both 27 -- have been arrested. Both of them are facing murder charges and are expected in court on Thursday, January 6. A motive, if known, has not been disclosed by investigators yet.
Vo, 57, had worked at Kameryn Rose Salon and Spa in Rocky River, Ohio, for several years. He had emigrated to the United States as a teen refugee from Vietnam, and had been a hairdresser for more than 25 years. He had been stabbed and shot in the chest, police said. Vo was last seen alive on Christmas eve.
Vo's house was known as 'The Flower House' because of the flower arrangements that surrounded the place. The flowers were reportedly designed to honor refugees from Vietnam. A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover his funeral expenses. Till the writing of this article, $5,930 had been raised. Nick Malusky, who has organized the fundraiser, was Chris’ life partner for 12 years.
"We are devastated by the sudden tragic loss of Chris Vo, who was found murdered in his home on December 26. Chris was known far and wide for his amazing talent as a hairstylist. Chris also made his own home famous, the house affectionately known as The Flower House, which he transformed by hand with his immense creativity. Chris was a dear friend to so many, a wonderful person inside and out, and always the life of the party. He devoted his life to making us look and feel beautiful, and was always there to help those in need. Please consider donating so we can give Chris the final farewell that he so deeply deserves!" the GoFundMe page reads.
“You think someone is trustworthy, you think someone could be trusted in your own home, and then they turn around and kill you,” 19 News quoted Nick Malusky as saying. “None of us had any idea what was happening; it was just a shocking, tragic thing that none of us were ready for." Talking about the suspects, Malusky said, "They were young men in the Cleveland gay community, and that’s just something you never hear of them turning around and killing someone like that."