Friends of murdered Las Vegas Filipina say death was preventable

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 4, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Images of the crime scene where Daisy Dahan, 28, was brutally murdered last month by her own husband Richard in their one bedroom apartment continue to stun the Pinoy community in Las Vegas Valley.

“It’s mixed emotion because we miss Daisy,” Elizabeth Fischer, Daisy’s friend and coworker, said. “We are very sad. We are very sad for Daisy.”

Questions continue to loom on what triggered Richard Dahan, 40, to murder his wife, voluntarily surrender, then confess to police and give in detail how he brutally murdered his own wife of two and a half years.

In a sworn statement dated December of 2012, Daisy stated that she will only go back to their apartment unit if Richard will stop the physical and emotional abuse.

“There are organizations here in Las Vegas,” Fischer said. “You can always call them. They will help you. It’s just kind of sad that we learned about Daisy’s situation. It’s kind of late. It’s too late now.”

“We are alone,” Pilar Grimes said. “For example, we don’t have relatives here. All you can do is go to the police to file a complaint. I have no shame and I really don’t care if I get beaten up. I’ll go somewhere else to ask for help.

The preliminary hearing for Richard Dahan is set for Feb. 27 while friends, family, and even strangers continue to show their support to help raise funds to fly Daisy’s body back to the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Las Vegas Township Justice of the Peace Judge William Bill Kephart encourages kababayans, as well as those from other Asian communities, to come out if they think they are a victim of domestic violence.

“They shouldn’t be afraid to reach out for help if they feel that they are being wronged or being injured or threatened in any way then they need to reach out for assistance,” Kephart said.

Studies show that abuse takes several forms: emotional, verbal, sexual, and physical. People who have the tendency to commit abuse have the following traits: jealousy, controlling, sexually demanding, and selfishness.

“Just because you are in a relationship doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be beaten on and take it,” Kephart said. “It’s sad. It’s unfortunate that we have it that somebody says ‘I love you’ and the next day he or she is beating on you. But it’s the true fact of domestic violence.”

Kephart adds that each state has domestic violence victims’ advocacy groups as well as language interpreters to assist victims of domestic violence.

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