Police identify couple involved in murder-suicide at Henderson ParkAngelina Lai Yen Boey. Photo obtained via GoFundMe
Editor’s note: If you are in an abusive relationship and don’t know what to do, contact the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visit Thehotline.org. You can also contact the Partnership Against Domestic Violence crisis line at 404-873-1766 or the Women’s Resource Center at 404-688-9436.
Tucker, GA — DeKalb County Police have identified two people found shot to death on Dec. 9 at Henderson Park in Tucker.
It was married couple. Angelina Lai Yen Boey, 33, was shot by her husband, Dung Phi Nguyen, 34, who then took his own life.
While police have not released a motive to the media, a GoFundMe for Boey created by her family to cover funeral costs says she was a victim of domestic violence.
“We are told by police she was the victim of domestic violence murder-suicide – killed by her intimate partner who then took his own life,” the GoFundMe account says. “Though her life was taken in a tragic instant, we want to remember the beautiful moments she shared with her family and friends, leaving a legacy of warmth and everlasting love. Angelina was kind, generous, and loyal to the very end.”
The GoFundMe already has exceeded its $10,000 goal.
As previously reported in Decaturish.com, scores of people in Georgia lose their life to domestic violence every year according to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Asher Burk, legal advocate for the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, said, “Usually in these kinds of murder suicide cases it’s related to domestic violence, in my experience.”
Jeffrey Brown, the VP of marketing and development for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, pointed to a report by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime that found more than half of women murdered worldwide were killed by their partners or family members. More than a third of those women were killed by a current or former intimate partner, according to Huffington Post story summarizing the report.
A report on domestic-violence related fatalities compiled by the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence found that, on average, 130 Georgia residents lose their lives to domestic violence every year, most killed by a current or former intimate partner.
“These statistics also include deaths of alleged perpetrators, most of whom died by suicide after killing or attempting to kill the victim(s),” the report says. “Georgia consistently ranks in the top 25 states for the rate at which men kill women — and in recent years, often ranked in the top 10.”
The report also cites factors that could indicate when a domestic violence situation is likely to lead to a deadly outcome, known as “lethality indicators.”
Some of those indicators include a history of domestic violence, increasing severity of abuse, use of strangulation against a victim and alcohol abuse.
According to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, in Georgia it is legal for people convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors and people who are subject to domestic violence protective orders to own guns.
The report produced by the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence says guns make things more dangerous for domestic violence victims.
“Outnumbering all other means combined, firearms were the leading cause of death for victims in cases reviewed by the [Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review] Project,” the report says. “The presence of a firearm in domestic violence situations increases the risk of homicide, regardless of who owns the gun.”
The report called out state leaders for not doing more to restrict gun ownership by domestic abusers.
“Despite the often convoluted or complex nature of this issue, both best practices and recognized experts in the field view firearms access as the impact issue which, if addressed, would dramatically reduce the rate of domestic violence-related deaths,” the report says. “Individual communities have implemented recommendations to address the issue, but Georgia has failed to meaningfully address firearms access to abusers on a statewide level.”
To read the full report, click here.
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