SACRAMENTO, CA - The aunt and uncle who raised Annie Le, the Yale graduate student murdered one year ago, said through a spokesman Thursday they have no plans to sue Yale University or anybody else.
Kevin Eckery, a spokesman for Robert Nguyen and Tuyet Bui, said the intensely private couple chose to make a public statement to clear up any confusion caused by news reports from Connecticut that Le's family may sue Yale for negligence in her killing.
A lawyer hired by Vivian Le, Annie's biological mother, spoke to reporters in New Haven on Wednesday, the first anniversary of Annie's disappearance.
Attorney Brian King said Vivian Le hired him and a private investigator to determine whether Annie could have been saved if Yale police had acted more quickly, and whether a more thorough background check might have prevented the hiring of the lab technician charged with her murder. Raymond Clark, 25, has pleaded not guilty.
Le vanished the morning of Sept 8, 2009 after a security camera recorded her entering the research building. Le's body was found behind a wall in the building five days later on what was supposed to be her wedding day.
Eckery said Le's aunt and uncle were not passing any judgment on Vivian Le's decision to pursue an independent investigation and possible lawsuit. "Everyone grieves in their own way," he said.
Eckery said Vivian Le lives in Southern California. He said Le's sister and brother-in-law raised Annie and Annie's younger brother Chris from childhood.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net