Man stabbed inside church identified

| September 11, 2010

AMARILLO, TEXAS — Police were called to the Our Lady of Vietnam Church in north Amarillo, Friday afternoon, on a report of a stabbing.

Police have confirmed that Din Van Phan, 58, was killed inside the church, and another man said to be the only suspect in the case, was injured and transported to a local hospital.

Officers arrived at the scene sometime around 1:30, and found a 28-year-old man with a leg injury, police wouldn't confirm if that injury was a stab wound. The man was rushed to the hospital. Police say that the man was a volunteer at the church, and has been identified as the only suspect in the murder.

Inside the church officers found Phan deceased. They said he was painting in a portion of the church when he was attacked. Special Crimes Unit Lieutenant Gary Trupe, said he had been stabbed several times in the upper body.

"He was painting downstairs in a room, it looks like something happened there, and then he was not (found) in that room where the painting was. He was in a large classroom, laying on the floor in the large classroom."

Trupe said that church officials knew that Phan was painting in the building but that church officials were unaware of the second man.

"They knew he was there, the other man didn't really have a reason to be there he wasn't doing any work on the church. But I don't think the church was locked up. So, I don't know what he was doing here."

As of right now, authorities aren't able to release too many details.

"Let's just say it's pretty bad, you got to look at it from another side anytime someone's willing to kill somebody inside a church its pretty bad," said Trupe.

Authorities also say that Phan and the suspect did know each other. No murder charges have been filed as of yet, but those could be coming as the investigation continues.

Police are investigating the murder, and will begin questioning church and family members in hopes of finding out what exactly happened.

Trupe added that the last time a murder happened inside a worship center in Amarillo, was seven years ago inside a Jewish synagogue, when a woman walked inside a classroom and shot a young man before turning the gun on herself.

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