SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego family's vacation to Florida ended in a parking lot north of Fort Worth, Texas, when a mother of three was fatally shot in an attempted robbery gone bad, it was reported today.
Kimberly Maokhamphiou, 36, was shot Jan. 3 while cleaning out and organizing the family sport utlity vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Haltom City, north of Fort Worth, Texas.
Her daughter, Stacy Maokhamphiou, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the mom was shot during a brief struggle with a man who approached her. The bullet went through her arm and into her heart, and she died a short time later at a Texas hospital.
The Maokhamphiou family was on a cross-country holiday road trip that started Dec. 18 and had included stops in Florida and North Carolina. They were scheduled to return home Jan. 7.
Kimberly Maokhamphiou, 36, would have celebrated her birthday the next day. A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the assailant, a man who drove off in a mid-90s Crown Victoria.
Originally from Laos, Maokhamphiou had lived in San Diego since she was 5 years old. She was employed as a caretaker.
Her husband, Johnny Maokhamphiou, 47, who also emigrated from Laos, is a programmer at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. The Maokhamphious also have a 13-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.
"It's still like a dream to all of us," Stacy Maokhamphiou, 20, told the Union-Tribune. "I still think I will go downstairs and she will be there."