Coroner confirms ‘multiple stab wounds’ as cause of death in Pham homicide

Coroner confirms ‘multiple stab wounds’ as cause of death in Pham homicideBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

A release from the Kern County Coroner’s office earlier last week confirmed that Kathryn Dawn “Katie” Pham, the 21-year-old victim of a homicide last month, died from “multiple stab wounds.” The suspect Daniel Gunnarsson, 20, was arrested and is facing felony charges of murder and mutilation of the body.

Gunnarsson’s legal counsel entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. The suspect is due in court on Friday morning, June 18, one month after Pham’s remains were found in a home just outside Ridgecrest city limits. Gunnarsson is still being held without bail.

The suspect and victim were former classmates – both graduating from Burroughs High School in 2018. Pham’s death sparked grief throughout the community, with hundreds gathering to mourn her untimely death and honor her memory at a candlelight vigil last month.

“Our only consolation now is for justice can be served,” said Pham’s father Thomas, who addressed the crowd of mourners at the vigil.

See future editions of The News Review for updates.

Laura Austin photo: The community rallied to support Thomas Pham (pictured) and the rest of Katie Pham’s family in seeking justice for the 21-year-old’s alleged murder.

Story First Published: 2021-06-11