Mother’s Unanswered Prayer Leads To Roller Rink Murder

By Jack Douglas Jr., CBS 11 News

GRAND PRAIRIE (CBSDFW.COM) – Trini Ta Do knew something was wrong with her marriage at least as early as September 2008 when she filed for divorce against her husband, Tan Quoc Do.

But she had two young children to think of and a desire to keep her family together, court affidavits show.

Seven months later, Trini Do withdrew her divorce request. And on Saturday, her estranged husband opened fire during their son’s birthday party at the Forum Roller World skating rink, killing her, himself and four of her family members.

After the divorce request was withdrawn, the case was closed and filed away somewhere in the Tarrant County courthouse; until Dec. 22, 2010.

This time Trini Do, of Grand Prairie, asked the court for a protection order against her husband – for her safety, for the safety of her children and for the welfare of the rest of the family she was trying so hard to keep together.

In an affadvit, Trini Do gave a chilling account of what she said Tan Do had done since she withdrew her first efforts to leave him. “He dragged me into the closet, pull his gun … and threaten me. I was afraid for my safety,” part of the affidavit said, her meaning abundantly clear, even in broken English.

Last November, Tan Do got mad at his wife again. She decided to argue back.

“He was so angry and come toward me and slaps me twice in my face,” Trini Do said in her statement to the court. “I was so mad that he could do that to me in front (of) my two kids.”

Trini Do played as if she was calling police, but purposely misdialed the 911 call because “I didn’t want my husband (to get) arrested …”

That made Tan Do even madder.

“He dragged me into the kitchen and slam me into his knee … He was so upset and went inside the room and gets all the guns out. If anyone show up at the house, he will shoot them … The kids saw that and they both frighten and cry so bad,” Trini Do said in the affidavit.

As days passed, Trini Do said, there were more incidents of abuse, including this: “He wouldn’t let me sleep. He poured water in my face every time I closed my eyes.”

The court agreed that there was an abundance of evidence for even greater danger to come. It ordered Tan Do to stop “committing family violence” and stay away from his wife and family.

But last January, Trini Do decided to give her husband another chance. Against the advice of a prosecutor in the family violence unit of the DA’s office, she asked that the protective order be dismissed.

In March, the court had no choice but to do just that.

“My husband promised to change and will work on our marriage for the kids. I hope that I am making the right decision on the last chance and pray that he can really change,’’ Trini Do said in a second affidavit.

Sadly, it was not the right decision, despite Trini Do’s best intentions. Her husband did not change.

Police say that shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, Tan Do pulled a gun inside a Grand Prairie skating rink and began shooting people who were celebrating his own young son’s birthday party.

The wife who had prayed for him, and who had given him so many chances, died. So did two of her sisters, a brother and a sister-in-law. Four people, none of them children, were wounded.

Tan Do saved the last bullet for himself, his death a final act of betrayal for a wife who only wanted to throw their son a birthday party.

Application for a protective order against Tan Quoc Do: 

Motion to dismiss protective order against Tan Quoc Do: 

Court affidavit after injunction hearing when Trini Ta Do dismissed her application for a protective order against her husband, Tan Quoc Do: 


One Comment

  1. Crude says:

    Leopards cannot change their spots and neither will some a$$hole change despite what they promise.

    Actions speak louder than words ladies … please do not trust what an abuser says, they will NEVER change and you cannot change them either.

    Get the hell away from them.

    1. 2sister says:

      I don’t think you should stay in an abusive relationship. Abusers, however, can change. They, however, have to own up to their problems and want to change. Other people cannot make them change. It has to be their decision.

  2. Li says:

    Its sad that women put up with that because they feel its better for their kids to have their father around. No one wins, you either have a abusive jerk around or leave him and be made to look like you are taking his kids away. This is so sad. I wish someone had been there to talk her out of giving him a second chance. So many lives would have been saved.

    1. My Opinion says:

      It is not only women who can be subject of abuse but men as well.

      Abusers are genderless for both men and women can be abusers.

      No one deserve abuse.

  3. M C says:

    My prayers are with those two children that are left without parents, and with the family members that are going thru this awful tragedy. God Bless.

  4. HooDatIS? says:

    this is so sad
    he really beat and tortured this good woman to death
    i hope she is resting in the bossoms of the Lord
    God bless those kids

  5. MJH says:

    I too myself has pled for protection from my exhusband. This man use to beat me so much without worry. I have lost two unborn children due to the beatings. I have been remarried for almost ten yrs now. My exhusband continues with the threats. And, when this was brought to our case study worker Dennis of Dallas County Courts. This man told me and my children that we ALL were liars and my ex don’t seem like tje type. With the supervise visit at the courts made the children feel very unsafe. When our children had issues after the visit. Dennis (the case study worker) says to me that it’s my fault. I never got protection from the Courts neither by the Laws. So this is SAD to say but this is what they ( Court system and Law Officers) prefer matters to end. Now a family not only have to deal with the lost of one love one. but four

    1. Laurie says:

      Sociopaths are very good at lying and charming ppl. No-one would believe how incredibly cruel my husband can be to me – in front of our children. I even had friends doubt me because he is very good looking and compliments them when they are around.

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