Updated 04/10/2009 06:03 AM
Funeral services held for Lan Ho
JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. -- It's too soon for Long Huynh to retell the horrific shootings of April 3rd at the American Civic Association.
"Right now, I'm a little dizzy. I just only lie down, I can't remember everything," said Huynh.
Still recovering from multiple gunshot wounds, Huynh left the hospital briefly to attend his wife, Lan Ho's funeral. Huynh used his body to shield his wife from Jiverly Wong. Police say Wong fired 99 shots from his two handguns. One of those bullets passed through Huynh's elbow and hit Lan Ho. She died in her husband’s arms.
"He don't want to talk about that so he only think about his wife and he would like his wife to go with God," said Minh Nguyen, a family friend who translated.
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Less than a week after the tragedy, Huynh faces his wife's open casket and cries his goodbye.
"He told her he love her, she was a beautiful wife, a good wife and a good mother. And he love her very much and he miss her," Nguyen said.
The couple's 11-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter stood by their father's side. The children just learned of their mother's death two days ago.
"They're not doing so well, but we tell them to hang in there. Mommy's in a better place, daddy will recover soon to take care of you," said Tina Nguyen.
Huynh and his family now need community support as they look to rest Lan Ho's body in her home country.
"He thank you very much for all, through donation, for him and his family. The money is to bring his wife back to Vietnam," Nguyen said.
Once travel expenses are covered, Huynh says he will not take the extra money for himself, even though he's currently unemployed. Instead, he'd like to set up a trust fund in his wife's name to help orphans.
Huynh's children, meanwhile, are staying with relatives as they await their father's recovery.
Donations are being collected at the Nail Trix salon inside the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.