Nguyen’s body is being transported from a coroner’s office on Peralta Oaks in Oakand.
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The sister of Alameda County Sheriff’s Office rookie David Nguyen shares memories of her late brother who was fatally shot while driving the 580 on Tuesday night. She hopes that by sharing their story, her legacy of helping others and the community will continue.
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Through a cascade of tears, Barbara Nguyen recalls the times when she first received the phone call from an unknown number, informing her of what had happened to David.
“I came home, they just told me straight. Your brother David Nguyen passed away. I thought it was a joke. I really thought it was a joke. If you know my brother, he’s a survivor. He’d find a way to do this,” she said.
Barbara reflected on what it was like to see him at Highland Hospital.
“I saw his body in the bag. They put a flag on him. I saw a few drops of blood on the ground and that’s when I knew they had really tried to do everything they wanted. ‘they could to try and bring him back.’
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In addition to grieving, Barbara chooses to laugh and remember the good times she shared. In addition to anime and travel, she remembers her fun spirit.
“We were like best friends. I just smile, something thinking about him, because he’s so funny. Everyone loved my brother, you talk to him and you can’t hate him, he’s a guy cool !” Beard laughs.
As the children of Vietnamese immigrants, Barbara attributes their strength to their upbringing. It inspired her to become a nurse and David to serve eight years in the military. He was about to graduate from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office’s 172nd Academy.
“We came from Bayview and wanted to serve our community and we wanted to make a difference. He was proud to be in law enforcement. He would have made such a great sheriff.”
As for the investigation into what happened on 580 that night, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said David was killed “for no apparent reason.”
Barbara harbors no hatred for the abuser, but demands justice.
“I want people to come forward. I would appreciate it and it would help me find the solution.”
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She hopes there will be a solution to what she calls the “deep-rooted” problems with crime in the Bay Area.
“I don’t think people are born with malicious intent. I think there’s a lot of time, the way people are brought up. There aren’t a lot of resources to help young people and support them” , Barbara said.
As she works to arrange David’s funeral and guide his parents through this emotional and difficult time, she takes David’s life lessons with her. She hopes they will keep her spirit and her legacy alive.
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“Just keep working hard. Take care of people and have a sincere heart for people. Don’t take life too seriously and enjoy the little things in life.”
Barbara plans to get her brother’s sleeve tattooed as a tribute to his life.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help David’s family, you can visit it here.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation opened an account with the Police Credit Union to help the Nguyen family during this time.
Contributions can be made at a local Police Credit Union branch or by mail:
The Police Credit Union
Alameda County Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation
In Memory Of David Nguyen
2550 Irving Street
San Francisco, California 94122
Remember that Barbara says there is no official online fundraising effort and encourages people not to donate to potentially fraudulent and unauthorized online campaigns.
The Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Association announced late Thursday that it is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of David V. Nguyen’s killer.
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