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."
A search is underway for two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery at an East Lake home in the 1600 block of Claret Cup Drive late Saturday night.
Rady's Children's Hospital welcomed hundreds of former NICU patients and their families Sunday for a very special annual reunion. The group had the chance to say thank you and catch up with the doctors and nurses who helped care for the newborns.
San Diegans now have to dial 10 digits for all calls - even local calls. As of Saturday, May 19, callers with area codes 619 and 858 have to enter the area code for all calls. Landline callers will have to dial one first, then the area code and phone number.
Several fires that ignited across San Diego County last week are under investigation. One cause being considered is the possibility that the fires were started by homeless people.
Dozens demonstrated on the Del Mar corner of Jimmy Durante Blvd. and Via de la Valle saying gun shows should not be held at the the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
A fire at an apartment in downtown Chula Vista sent two children to a hospital early Saturday morning.
Mesa College will award the first bachelor's degrees in its history during a commencement ceremony today, the college announced.
Sharp Hospital on Friday recognized those who have overcome major medical setbacks to become leaders in the community during the 28th Annual Victories of Spirit celebration.