Pizza deliveryman killed in possible gang-related
By Jesse Dungan
November 27, 2007
A 38-year-old Pizza Hut deliveryman who was fatally shot Monday
night in South Richmond may have been the random victim of a gang
initiation, according to Lt. Mark Gagan.
Thanh Thach of Richmond was killed at 8:58 p.m. as he was delivering
pizza in the 800 block of South 45th Street in the city's Park
Plaza neighborhood, Gagan said.
Thach reportedly could not locate the building where he was supposed
to deliver pizza and was wandering the neighborhood in search
of his destination when he was shot twice from behind, Lt. Ron
Thach was pronounced dead at the scene, Berry said.
Nothing was stolen from Thach during the shooting. He was found
with his cell phone, his wallet and the pizza he was trying to
deliver, according to Gagan.
"The motive is unclear," Gagan said. "A botched
robbery is one (possibility). The brutal execution to validate
somebody as a gang member is (another) possible motive detectives
are kicking around."
Thach leaves behind two young children, a 3-year-old and an 18-month-old,
When Thach became a U.S. citizen in September after emigrating
from Cambodia in 1994, Thach reportedly described that event "as
the happiest day of his life," Gagan said.
Thach had worked at Pizza Hut, located at 11775 San Pablo Ave.,
for one month, according to Gagan. Thach also worked at a post
office, Gagan said.
Thach was the first pizza deliveryman killed in Richmond in three
years, according to Gagan
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