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Second Mount Dora robbery shooting victim dies, police say

Khiem Ba Trinh, Minh Nguyen co-owned T&N Market

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – The second store owner who was shot during a robbery Monday has died, according to Mount Dora police.

According to Mount Dora Interim Police Chief Brett Meade, the victims, Khiem Ba Trinh (Ken), 56, and Minh Nguyen (Tina), 47, were closing T&N Market on Monday night when they were shot multiple times.

Nguyen was pronounced dead at the scene and Trinh was airlifted to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford. According to family members, Trinh was on life support. Police said he died Thursday and the case is now a double homicide.

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Meade said over the last few days people have expressed shock at the crime and support for the family of the victims.

“I’ve never seen an outpouring of love and dedication and commitment,” Meade said. “The city of Mount Dora is a beautiful place.”

The chief said the support he has seen for Trinh and Nguyen has reaffirmed his faith in the community.

Khiem Ba Trinh (Ken), 56, left, and Minh Nguyen (Tina), 47, right, were shot at their Mount Dora store on Nov. 30, 2020. Nguyen died of her injuries and Trinh is in critical condition. (Images courtesy of family)
Khiem Ba Trinh (Ken), 56, left, and Minh Nguyen (Tina), 47, right, were shot at their Mount Dora store on Nov. 30, 2020. Nguyen died of her injuries and Trinh is in critical condition. (Images courtesy of family) (WKMG 2020)

The shooter has still not been identified and there is a $10,000 Crimeline reward for information leading to an arrest.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the investigation.

“Together in our community we can solve this crime, we can bring the perpetrator to justice and we can begin our healing process,” Meade said.

The chief said they are receiving “viable” tips and follow up on all leads.

Mount Dora police on Wednesday released a video of the gunman now accused in this double homicide.

Police and customers described Trinh and Nguyen as pillars of the community. A vigil was held on Tuesday and attended by dozens of people.

Meade described the small Lake County community as having “15,000 detectives on the case” because they are helping with the investigation.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Mount Dora police or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

Anyone who would like to donate to the victims’ family can do so via one of two options.

Community members who have organized the fund said, “Please help if you can. No amount is too small. The children of Ken and Tina need our support. They have lost both of their parents.”

The group said 100% of every dollar donated will help the family and no fees will be taken out.

Option 1

Go to the Mount Dora Community Trust site under the “Give” page, click “My Donation Is For *” in the dropdown menu and select “T and N Memorial Fund.”

Option 2

Go to MDCT or mail to:

821 N. Donnelly St.

Mount Dora, FL 32757

Each donation needs to be earmarked for the T and N Memorial Fund. Checks made to Mount Dora Community Trust should include the memo: T and N Memorial Fund.

All donations will be considered a tax free charitable donation.


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