Hundreds of people gathered in the parking lot of Northway Mall for a rally Wednesday evening, May 29, 2013, in support of the family of Touch Chea and Sorn Sreap, who police say were killed by a stranger who entered their home through an open window Saturday night. The event included live music, a car wash and raffles, all to raise money for the family of the couple.
It was an event of mixed emotions. The crowd was silent when Von and Minesoreta “Lisa” Seng took the microphone to thank the community for its support. Moments later the mood lifted when the band R&R played upbeat reggae music. Hank Moth helped start a Romvong, a traditional dance that incorporates graceful wrist movements as dancers move slowly in a circle. Moth said the dance was requested by Cambodian elders.
Mao Tosi, manager of the mall, youth group leader and community organizer, helped pull the event together on short notice. “That’s my community. Mountain View is where I grew up as well,” he said. He said he hopes the big turnout not only helps the family get through a difficult time but helps the community heal as well. “As I shared it on Facebook, it was all caps, ‘Calling all angels.’ Truly that’s what we need today,” he said. “Unity is what you see here.”
The event and online donations totaled more than $8,000 by midway through the event.