GRAND PRAIRIE — Though they argued a lot, Trini and Tan Do apparently enjoyed each other as well. Two weeks ago, the couple took their son and young daughter on a cruise to Cancun, Mexico.
But the smiles they shared on the summer vacation could never have foreshadowed what would happen in Grand Prairie on Saturday night.
Police say Tan Do, 35, slaughtered his wife's family as they celebrated his son's 11th birthday at Forum Roller World skating rink on Great Southwest Parkway.
Tan shot and killed his wife Trini, 29, police said, along with Michelle Ta, 28, Trini's younger sister who just celebrated her first year of marriage; their younger brother, Kenny Ta, 21; and the youngest sibling, Lynn Ta, 16, who was visiting from the family home in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Thuy Nguyen, 25, Trini's sister-in-law, died in the shooting spree as well.
Four other relatives survived the hail of gunfire, including Trini's 18-year-old brother, Duc Ta. He suffered two gunshot wounds in the arm and shoulder, but is expected to be OK.
The melee only ended when Tan Do turned his handgun on himself.
One of the reasons Tan and Trini fought, friends told News 8, was because Trini helped support her parents financially.
She held a real estate license since 2009, according to records from the Texas Real Estate Commission, and a neighbor said she even helped people in their subdivision purchase property.
Friends said Trini and Tan were both born in Vietnam and emigrated here as children.
Tan Do had threatened Trini before, according to court documents reviewed by News 8, but a violent end to so many lives is something those closest to the family never predicted.
Trini, Michelle, Kenny and Lynn will all be buried in Fort Smith, Arkansas where they grew up. A large funeral is planned for this Saturday.
Thuy Nguyen's body will be flown to Vietnam.
Services for the shooter, Tan Do, were not immediately known.