The following release came in on Sunday afternoon from the Costa Mesa City Employees’ Association.
March 20, 2011
Statement Regarding Costa Mesa Employee Tragedy
The Costa Mesa City Employees Association (CMCEA) is deeply saddened by the recent loss of one its members. Huy Pham, a 29-year old maintenance worker for the City of Costa Mesa, was tragically killed as a result of a suicide on March 17, 2011 when he jumped off the roof of City Hall shortly before 3:30 p.m. Pham was employed with the city for four and a half years before his death, and is remembered by many of his colleagues as a hard-working and talented employee who always had a smile on his face.
“We are extremely devastated by this tragedy. Huy was not just an employee, but he was a member of our Costa Mesa family,” said Helen Nenedal, president of CMCEA. “We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Huyâ€™s family and friends. He will surely be missed.”
On Monday, March 21 at 3 p.m., employees, members of the community, and anyone else wishing to participate are invited to a gathering at the east side employee entrance of City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. The gathering, which is set-up by city management, will include the observance of a moment of silence for Pham. “This moment of silence is and should be about Huy and his life,” reminds Nenadal.
The association is encouraging everyone in attendance at the memorial to wear blue shirts. â€œBlue signifies peace and unity,â€ explains association vice-president Christine Cordon. â€œNot only do we wish peace for Huy, his family, and the community deeply affected by this tragedy, we would also like to show our support for each other and that those of us in blue â€“ employees, management, and community members — are all standing in unity as a family while we grieve and attempt to move forward. The community support overall has been overwhelming, and we thank everyone who has and are supporting us.â€
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We at TheLiberalOC offer our condolences to Huy Pham’s family, as well as his family of Costa Mesa city employee’s. This is truly a tragic event. We encourage anyone who faces a difficult event in their lives that causes them to feel so much despair that there seems to be no way out, to talk with their friends and family so that they can be assisted in reaching resources needed to help them cope with their crisis.