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Daily Breeze: Former Miss Cambodia America Killed in Apparent Murder-Suicide

Vantha Tho
Vantha Tho

Tragedy has struck the same family twice in Hermosa Beach near Los Angeles.

The Daily Breeze reports Vantha Tho, 35, died after apparently being shot by a former boyfriend who then took his own life.

“It came out of nowhere, especially because my brother, he passed away when I was 9,” said Tho’s brother, Alex. “So what are the odds, you know? I can’t wrap my head around it. I still feel like I’m going to see her again.”

His brother Vouthy died in a gang-related shooting nearly 13 years ago.

Vantha, a former Miss Cambodia America, worked as a stylist at a local hair salon. Her family escaped the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the 70’s. She was born in a refugee camp in Thailand.

Friends also established a fund to help her family pay funeral expenses. Donations can be made at .
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