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Neighbors tried, couldn't save victim
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2004, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

A series of semi-automatic gunshots cut through the rain late Wednesday, killing a 16-year-old boy outside a West Valley City fourplex.

Sang Ba Nguyen fell to one knee after bullets struck him in the torso and head. A man who lived at the fourplex called 911 and his wife got some towels. He covered the teen's head wound and waited for police and paramedics.

"He was hanging in there," said the man, who had known Nguyen for about a year. "He was hanging in there as much as he could."

But Nguyen's injuries were just too severe.

Homicide investigators call the shooting gang-related and say they are searching for multiple suspects. Witnesses told police the shooters drove a white van through the area, firing out of a window with a handgun.

The man described Nguyen as quiet, respectful and a follower. He didn't live in the area but knew people who did.

Police say Nguyen has no significant criminal history. Meanwhile, detectives are pursuing leads, but have not identified suspects or made any arrests, according to West Valley City Assistant Chief Craig Black.

- Matt Canham

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