GRAND PRAIRIE (CBSDFW.COM) – Before she was savagely gunned down by a relative during a shooting at a Grand Prairie roller rink last month, Michelle Ta, 28, dreamed of moving her seven brothers and sisters into a two-story home along with their mother and father.
She had financed the home herself. And her furniture still remains in the garage of the small home she and several of her siblings shared at the time of the shooting, which is about half the size of Michelle’s dream home.
“A piece of Michelle is in that house,” Trung Ta, Michelle’s brother, said of the home she financed. “She wanted the whole family to live in that house.”
The Ta family just returned from Arkansas, where they buried Michelle, her two sisters and a brother. But Michelle’s name was the only one on the loan, and the family was unable to keep the house after the tragedy.
“In terms of what these people can do? Unfortunately, there’s probably not a lot of options,” said financial expert Jim LeCamp. “They’re going to have to go through a whole new credit process, but it’s very difficult.”
Trung said he wants to follow through on his sister’s dream and get the $160,000 home paid for. The mortgage company the loan is set up with said it is looking at the situation.
“That house was, pretty much, like, Michelle’s dream work,” Trung Ta said.
Financial experts say having a will or mortgage insurance can protect families who go through similar circumstances.
In the meantime, a trust fund has been set up for Trini Ta’s two young children who saw their father murder their mother and five of her family members. (Contributions can be made to “The Paul and Anna Do Trust” at any area Chase Bank.)
The Ta family, meanwhile, hopes the bank will work with them to secure financing. Trung said he’s ready to move the furniture from the garage of the small home into Michelle’s goal: That spacious, two-story house on Lantern Lane.