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It's Been Two Months Since Pham's Brutal Murder

11:42 PM, Aug 26, 2010   |    comments
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Vanessa Pham

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) -- Friday marks two months since 19-year-old Vanessa Pham was found in her crashed car with stab wounds to her body.

She was last seen at a nail salon in Fairfax Plaza shopping center off Gallows Road.

The family talked about the grim anniversary and how they've been dealing with the passing of their love one.

Tracy To is Vanessa Pham's cousin and says, "Not that you don't think about it every day, but when there's an anniversary all the emotions come streaming back."

19-year-old Vanessa Pham should have been heading back to school this week.

Her mother was suppose to be sending her daughter off to school as a sophomore this week at a prestigious Georgia fashion college, instead on Thursday, she's visiting her daughter's grave site.

Julie Pham says, "I pray for her before I sleep, I pray before I go to work. Coming here, I feel close to her."

Vanessa's mother visits her daughter's grave every day. It's Vietnamese custom to pray, bring flowers and food. She thinks about her daughter nearly every waking moment and hopes her daughter's killer is caught.

Detectives are stumped and say they have no new information as to who or why anyone would want to kill Vanessa and leave her stabbed to death in her crashed car.

Detectives come to visit Vanessa's mother on a regular basis just like they did on Thursday to remind the family even though phone calls and leads have stopped, they haven't given up.

Julie To says, "It feels like we are working on it together; they are doing everything they can."

Days after her death, detectives released video of her car leaving the shopping center 10 minutes before she was found dead in a wooded ditch less than a mile away.

In the days and weeks after, police would reach out in hopes of finding potential witnesses at the shopping center where she was last seen. They'd hand out fliers in multiple languages to generate leads.

But the murder of the James Madison High School graduate remains a mystery, leaving her family anguishing even longer with no answers to their loved ones death.

Police say they need the public in order to solve this case.

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