True Crime News Roundup: Boyfriend Of Missing Tennessee College Student Charged With Her Murder
Plus: Washington barber shot while giving haircut; Man found guilty of murdering wife at her beauty salon, Woman found slain in 1993 identified; Missing 7-year-old Texas girl.
On Nov. 30, Hamilton County District Attorney announced that authorities think 22-year-old Jasmine Pace was killed by her boyfriend Jason Chen. Pace was reported missing on Nov. 26, after her parents said they had not seen her since Nov. 22. Cell phone location data led Pace’s mom to Chen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee apartment, where she spoke with neighbors who said they heard a disturbance at the home. Police said certain evidence was discovered at Chen's apartment that led police to believe he killed Pace. Chen faces a charge of first-degree murder.
Washington barber shot and killed while cutting an 8-year-old's hair
On the night of Nov. 30, an unknown suspect walked into a Washington barbershop called JQ Barber and shot the owner multiple times. The owner, an unidentified 43-year-old man, was cutting an 8-year-old’s hair at the time of the shooting. Witnesses inside the shop told officers the suspect entered the business around 5 p.m. and immediately headed to the booth where the victim was giving a haircut. The suspect escaped on foot and has not been identified. The suspect is described as a 5'8" Black man wearing black pants and a black jacket, and possibly a mask.
Man sentenced for killing wife, staging it to look like robbery of beauty salon
On Dec. 1, Texas authorities announced that Trang Vu, 52, was sentenced to 55 years in prison for killing his estranged wife, 49-year-old Tuyet Ngoc Tran, in 2015. In July 2015, Tran was found bludgeoned to death at the beauty school where she worked in Houston’s Chinatown. At the time, authorities believed somebody had staged the scene to look like a robbery. Three months after Tran's death, Vu changed his name, moved away from Houston, and gave up his parental rights to the couple's children, authorities said. According to a news release from the Harris County District Attorney's Office, Vu was found guilty of murder after a six-day trial and a 25-minute deliberation among jurors.