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The Crosby Nightclub To Close After Woman's Fatal Beating

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The Santa Ana nightclub where a 23-year-old woman was beaten to death earlier this month is now closing down.

Phil Nisco, one of the Crosby owners, confirmed the club's closing in a Facebook post today. The club is shutting its doors for good in the wake of Annie Hung "Kim'' Pham's death. The victim was standing in line to get into the nightclub on Jan. 18 when an argument broke out and a group of three people stomped on her. She was later declared brain-dead and taken off life support.

Nisco responded to a Facebook post from the Crosby's resident DJs, Rhettmatic and Plann B, who were saying their heartfelt goodbyes to the club. Nisco wrote:

I'll never be able to thank you enough for being such a big part of everything. You and Rhettmatic are such amazing people, and this has been the best 6 years (8, if you include the battles of getting the doors open) of my life. Thank you again and again and again... and please know you'll forever have family in every one of us who built this place into what it was. If there's anything you need, ever, please don't hesitate to ask. "It's all about the memories, man"
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The popular nightclub has remained closed since the beating and the owners posted this note on Instagram almost a week ago:

However, Nisco and the club's other co-owners, Chris Alfaro and Marc Yamaoka, have not made an official announcement regarding the closing, according to O.C. Weekly (which broke the story).

Rhettmatic wrote on Facebook that his "heart is heavy" because the Crosby is "now officially closed." He wrote:

What has happened at the Crosby 2 weeks ago was truly tragic & very random. A life was lost, children's lives will be changed forever because their mothers will be taken away, and now a community loses a very special place & a group of great human beings all around that are very dear to a lot of us. I can voice my opinion & we can point fingers at each other all we want, but the point being, because of this tragic incident, we as a community and as human beings, WE ALL LOST! It truly breaks my heart.

At a recent press conference, Santa Ana mayor Miguel Pulido encouraged people to continue coming down to downtown Santa Ana. He called her beating an "isolated incident" that "was not part of a massive crime wave or anything of that nature."

It was determined in a pretrial hearing today that the two women who are facing murder charges in Pham's beating, Vanesa Zavala and Candace Marie Brito, will be tried together, according to KPCC. They will be facing a preliminary hearing on Feb. 4 at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. Police have released a photo of the third suspect they are looking for, but do not know her name.

If you have any information about the incident, contact Santa Ana Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Unit at (714) 245-8390.