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Woman Beaten To Death At Nightclub Over Photobombing, Witness Says

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A witness of the brutal beating of Annie Hung "Kim" Pham says the victim was beaten to death after she accidentally photobombed another group's photo outside of a Santa Ana nightclub.

The friend of Pham's, who asked to remain anonymous since police are still investigating the case, told the Los Angeles Times an argument broke out in front of the Crosby nightclub early Saturday morning when Pham unknowingly walked into the other group's picture.

The dispute escalated, and five people viciously beat Pham until she was unconscious on the sidewalk. Pham was declared brain-dead on Sunday, but was on life support until Tuesday so doctors could harvest her donated organs.

An autopsy report today revealed the victim's cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, according to City News Service.

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Pham's friend also told the Los Angeles Times that a cell phone that was believed to belong to one of the suspects was found at the scene. There was also a video that surfaced that captured the fight.

One of the suspects, 25-year-old Vanesa Tapia Zavala was arrested and pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday. She claimed she wasn't involved in the brawl. Police are still searching for the other suspects—two women and two men.

If you have any information about the incident, contact Santa Ana police at (714) 245-8390.