Dying woman’s last words: ‘They killed me, they killed me’

Based upon Nguyen’s statement that “they killed me,” detective believe that it is likely more than one person was involved in the shooting.

Thang Thi Nguyen, 45, was gunned down on July 25, 1993. (Photo provided by Portland Police)
Thang Thi Nguyen, 45, was gunned down on July 25, 1993. (Photo provided by Portland Police)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A 22-year-old homicide case reminds unsolved.

Thang Thi Nguyen, 45, was gunned down on July 25, 1993 around 12:30 p.m., according to Portland Police.

The shooting happened in the 1400 block of SE Belmont Street. Neighbors told detectives at the time that they heard multiple gunshots. One man left his apartment and went across the street to a video rental store. That’s where he found Nguyen, the owner, on the ground on the sidewalk, according to police.

Nguyen was bleeding and obviously hurt, police say. The neighbor told police that Nguyen told the man “They killed me, they killed me,” according to police. An autopsy report done by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office shows that Nguyen died of gunshots wounds.

Police say that two Asian males were seen running from the area around the time of the shooting. Another driver saw two young Asian males standing at the door of the video store earlier in the day, police say. A white midsize vehicle may be associated with these two males.  Based upon Nguyen’s statement that “they killed me,” detective believe that it is likely more than one person was involved in the shooting.

Nguyen was known to many in the area. People, according to police, described her as “the nicest person in the neighborhood”.  Her family told detectives that she was not the kind of person to resist if someone was trying to rob her. Nguyen would just give them the money. Investigators are unsure if robbery was a motive, but believe that Nguyen’s purse may have been taken.

 

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The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Unit would like anyone with information regarding this case to contact them. Witnesses may contact Cold Case Homicide Unit investigators directly at (503) 823-0400. To remain anonymous, witnesses may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

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