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We remember Tu Anh Phan, the 20th confirmed victim of intimate partner homicide in Minnesota in 2022.
Tu Anh Phan, 49, was shot and killed by Aaron Le (formerly known as Khai Le), 47, while dining at a Bloomington restaurant with Le's exwife on November 23. Tu, Le, and Le's ex-wife all went to college
together. Le incorrectly believed his ex-wife and Tu were in a relationship, and targeted Tu knowing he would be at the restaurant that day. Le entered the establishment on the afternoon of November
23, wearing a Halloween mask, and pointed a gun at Tu. Other customers were able to initially chase Le out of the restaurant, but he returned moments later and shot and killed Tu. A 25-year-old server
was also shot by Le but is expected to survive. Along with wearing a Halloween mask to conceal his identity, Le wore rubber gloves and wrapped the firearm in a plastic bag to reduce DNA evidence. During the investigation, authorities confirmed that Le made an unsubstantiated claim to the FBI in August that his ex-wife and Tu had hired someone to kill him. No evidence was found to verify this claim. Aaron Le was arrested on November 24, in Oklahoma. He was extradited to Minnesota and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder. Though, authorities state they will seek first degree murder charges.
The restaurant where Tu Anh Phan was killed, Co Tu Oriental, has set up a GoFundMe to help with expenses for the server who was shot along with Tu, and any other costs associated with closing the restaurant for the time being to grieve: https://www.gofundme.com/f/co-tu-oriental-cuisine?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=unknown&utm_campaign=comms_gfm+co-tu-oriental-cuisine
Tu Anh Phan is memorialized on the “We Remember” page of our website. This section of our website also highlights every victim of intimate partner homicide in the recent year, along with an archive of victims going back to 2008 (https://www.vfmn.org/we-remember).
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