Vigil planned Thursday for mother of 8 killed in Long Beach

A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday for Sena Khim, a Long Beach woman who police say was beaten to death by her live-in boyfriend in early May.

Khim was found dead by police in a home near Atlantic Avenue and 10th Street on the morning of May 7. Authorities said she suffered blunt force trauma to her upper body.

Her death has shaken members of the Cambodian community in Central Long Beach where she was an active member.

Laura Som—who went to school with Khim—helped organize the vigil scheduled to take place at the MAYE Center, where Som serves as director.

“I remember our innocence together in middle school and now she’s gone,” Som said in a Facebook post.

Most of you may know about my deep sadness for the last several weeks but if you haven't, a friend of mine Sena Khim was…

Posted by Laura Som on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The 37-year-old mother leaves behind her eight underage children.

The man accused of killing her, 59-year-old Soeun Sam, has pleaded not guilty to murder, according to court records. He’s being held in lieu of $2 million bail while he awaits trial, records show.

A funeral and monk ceremony have been held for Khim using donations from a GoFundMe established soon after her death. It raised more than $8,000 and counting.

Future donations will go to her children and a 100-day ceremony, according to Tina Lim, who helps take care of the children.

The vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 13, The center is located at 2153 E. Anaheim St.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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