San Jose police on Thursday were still looking for who killed a 43-year-old mother, who they described as a mother of two children and who sold treats to school children from her front porch.
Neighbors said Anna Duong was known as "the candy lady" because she would sell soda and candy to children on their way home from nearby O.B. Whaley elementary school. And the community's thoughts are now going out to her surviving children, a 12-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl.
"Who would do something like that?," asked neighbor Junior Solario. "Who would shoot a respectable woman?"
"I was devastated," added neighbor Juw Bo. "It's a sad situation for the kids."
Sgt. Jason Dwyer said police have no idea why someone would fatally shoot Duong. Her body was found inside her home in the 2600 block of Ponselle Court on Wednesday about 1:30 p.m. She was taken to Regional Medical Center, where she died about an hour later, becoming the city's second homicide this year.
Neighbors also have heard rumors and speculation about why Duong would have been killed, but knew of nothing substantive in the case. Solario described Duong as a "nice lady," who was a "little shy," but well-liked by the kids on the block.
"She owned her own bu sines," said neighbor Junior Solario. "She sold candy and munchies to anyone who was hungry and thirsty. "
Now, Solario said the neighborhood will do what is typically does when someone is hurt or killed: They'll try to support the children as best they can, collecting donations and hosting BBQs.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Detective Sgt. Steve Bustillos or Detective Jaime Jimenez at (408) 277-5283, make a call anonymously to Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867 or visit www.tipsubmit.com for a possible cash reward.