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Pregnant Teacher Recovering after Being Stabbed 10 Times

Tanya Nguyen

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A pregnant 1st-grade teacher was stabbed 10 times in a suspected gang attack.

Five alleged gang members were charged Monday with the attempted murder of  Tanya Nguyen, 33, who was attacked Wednesday around 6 p.m. while parking outside her home in Los Angeles.

Nguyen was ambushed and robbed by three men, identified by prosecutors as Christian Reyes, 20; Andrew Bran, 19; and Jesus Morales, 18. They stole Nguyen’s car and promptly crashed it while attempting to escape, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Neighbors came to Nguyen’s assistance as the suspects fled the scene. “It’s a tight community and great neighborhood. People know each other,” said Nguyen’s husband, Greg Maga.

Two other suspects — 24-year-old Christina Luna and Monica Gomez, 25 — were waiting nearby in a getaway car, according to the DA office’a news release.

Police charged the five suspects with one count each of premeditated attempted murder, carjacking, second-degree robbery and hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage.

Reyes, who authorities say allegedly did the stabbing, is facing an additional charge of aggravated mayhem.

Prosecutors believe the group carried out the attack on behalf of and at the direction of a gang, according to KTLA news reports.

In a video posted to YouTube on Sunday, Tanya Nguyen thanked the people who have supported her.

“I’m going to get through this, I promise,” said Nguyen, who is 12-weeks pregnant when she was attacked. The baby still has a heartbeat, said a  GoFundMe campaign established to help defray medical costs.

“This tragic news has us all crestfallen. She is a ray of sunshine who nurtures our children & gives of herself in the most loving, pure way. We want to help cushion her time off & medical bills with donations,” said the GoFundMe site set up by parents of Nguyen’s students.

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