He Was Witness to a Double Murder—From 600 Miles Away

Video game microphone captured shooting in Kansas
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2017 8:44 AM CST
He Was Witness to a Double Murder—From 600 Miles Away
Ashley Martinez heard two loud popping noises.   (Getty Images/eranicle)

Cody Ha may have been 600 miles from his friend in Texas, but the 23-year-old Kansas man sounded as though he were in the same room via the microphones and headphones the pair used to communicate while playing video games online with others Saturday. Then, around 10pm, Ashley Martinez of Houston heard at least two loud popping noises that hurt his ears, reports the Wichita Eagle. Ha didn't speak again, and when players called his phone, they heard only the unanswered ring through his microphone, Martinez says. An hour later, they heard something else: Ha's sister arriving at the Wichita home to find her brother and 62-year-old mother, Huong Pham, covered in blood, dead of gunshot wounds, per KAKE. "She was panicking," Martinez recalls. "She said she didn't feel safe."

Another friend tells the Eagle that people often visited the family's home to buy what Ha described as prescription drugs. He suggests Pham sold the drugs and gave Ha a cut of the proceeds. Court records show that Pham had prior conflicts with others: In 2014, a woman accused Pham of sending two men "looking for me and my husband" over a money dispute. Pham later said the woman "hired somebody to cause me harm for $2,000 … after I talked about the money owed my family." Pham said someone broke windows of a family business and slashed the tires of her son's car around the same time. Police, who've named no suspects, are investigating whether the Saturday shooting death of a Pizza Hut delivery driver three blocks from Ha and Pham's home is related, per the Washington Post. (More double murder stories.)

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