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Buddhist monk, under cloud of suspicion, dies in apparent suicide
Buddhist monk, under cloud of suspicion, dies in apparent suicide

Dao Nguyen served as head monk of Tu Nghiem Temple, one of many small Buddhist houses of worship that dot the neighborhoods of Little Saigon in Orange County. His Santa Ana congregation was small but boisterous. And in recent months, he had been organizing a pilgrimage to Vietnam for temple members and their families. He collected tens of thousands of dollars — much of it in cash — promising a spiritual adventure back to the homeland, police and parishioners said. But recently, some in the temple became suspicious about what Nguyen was doing with the money and contacted police. On Friday, as police ramped up their investigation, detectives said they found the monk dead in a...

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