ARLINGTON -- Dylan Pham walked into Moore Funeral Home Monday afternoon, stunned to find himself there.
He clutched his wife's cellphone with its Hello Kitty cover.
Pham, 31, and his wife, Michelle Ta Pham, 28, celebrated their first anniversary June 26.
"She was a unique personality who loved to help people," the grieving young husband said. "She went to church every Sunday and taught Bible classes to the youth there."
On Saturday evening, Dylan Pham was working while his wife went to a birthday party for an 11-year-old nephew at a Grand Prairie roller rink.
As the party wound down, the birthday boy's father, Tan Do, 35, pulled out a handgun and told the children to leave. Within minutes, he had killed his estranged wife, Trini Ta Do, 29, and three of her siblings -- sisters Michelle Ta Pham and Lynn Ta, 16, and a brother, Hien Ta, 21 -- and a sister-in-law, Thuy Nguyen, 25, authorities have said.
Trini Do's mother, Loan Nguyen, and a 21-year-old brother were wounded and remained hospitalized Monday, Pham said. Trini Do's father was shot in the side but has been released from the hospital, Pham said.
Tan Do then killed himself, authorities said.
A third brother who was in a traffic collision a month ago is also in an area hospital, Pham said.
"He's probably not going to well enough to attend the funeral services," said Andy Nguyen, a Tarrant County commissioner who has been helping the family. "There's just been so much tragedy for this one family."
Investigators said Tan and Trini Do had ongoing marital problems. Trini Do got a protective order against her husband in December because he threatened her with a gun three times last year. Three weeks later, though, she asked that it be dismissed, saying, "My husband promised to change and will work on our marriage for the kids," according to Tarrant County court documents.
Then about 7 p.m. Saturday at Forum Roller World in the 1900 block of Great Southwest Parkway, Tan Do brandished the gun at his son's party. Witnesses told police that panicked guests fled, some still wearing skates. But some children were still inside when the killing began. None was wounded.
Trini Do's aunt, Janice Tran of Fort Smith, Ark., said Tan Do loved his wife but had trouble controlling his temper.
"She loved him. They loved each other," Tran said. But Tan Do had "attitude problems" that were getting worse, she said. "Lately, we [gave] up because we did not do any good."
Tran said she helped Trini Do, her parents and her siblings emigrate from Vietnam to western Arkansas in 1994.
In addition to the 11-year-old son, Trini and Tan Do had a 3-year-old daughter. Tran said the couple had not lived together since December.
Thuy Nguyen's parents have asked that her body be returned to Vietnam for burial, Andy Nguyen said. The bodies of the Ta siblings are to be buried in Fort Smith on Saturday, he said.
The North Texas Vietnamese-American community is putting together a fund to help offset medical expenses and to pay for transporting the bodies, Nguyen said.
The community is also trying to establish a trust fund for the children, he said.
A public visitation will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington, Nguyen said.
"We are holding prayers at church and temple for the victims," he said. "The community is still in shock. We want to bury the deceased, help the wounded and put our arms around the two children. That's where our focus is right now."
This report includes material from The Associated Press.
Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752