“You can’t run, baby,” the mother said in tears. “You cannot run. You have to come forward, baby.”
Mrs. Whipple was joined by the suspect’s grandmother in persuading the 21-year-old to surrender and face the possible consequences of her alleged actions.
Surveillance footage released by authorities showed Whipple running over Nguyen, who was trying to chase her down on foot.
It was later revealed that the car she used to flee the scene was stolen from a rental agency three weeks ago. According to investigators, the car was later found abandoned.
“We are going to put an extraordinary amount of resources into this to make sure that the person, the outstanding suspect, is held accountable for it,” Vegas Police Lt. Ray Spencer was quoted as saying.
The victim’s relatives have already raised over $32,000 via a GoFundMe page set up for her funeral.
Nguyen’s daughters, who also appeared on the program, described her as a hard-working single parent who worked 12-14 hour days, seven days a week, to send her daughters to college and support the family’s other needs.
“Our mom was really loved by the community here. It’s very traumatizing,” the victim’s daughter, Anne Trinh, was quoted as saying.
Sharon Whipple said she now hopes Nguyen’s family can “find it in your heart to forgive my daughter and my family.”
“I am so sorry that you lost your mom and I couldn’t imagine how you feel,” she added.