"I called her home last Wednesday," two days before the attack, Pham said, "so I could help change the oil in her car. When you have children, no matter how old, you always want to make sure all is well, even the little things."
Kim Pham had just gotten a job at Nordstrom and wanted to celebrate. Her father said he hoped to hear all about her new job, but when two police officers, wearing suits, knocked on his door after dawn on Jan. 18, he braced himself instead.
"I knew it involved a family member," he said. "Who would come to your house at a time like that?"
Police said Kim Pham was attacked in the predawn hours of Jan. 18 as she stood in line outside The Crosby club. She was still unconscious when officers arrived. On Tuesday, she died after being taken off life support.