At the time of the attack, Mai's* parents were at their wits' end. Things were tense at home, as a police report would put it much later, because she had been "running away." The document doesn't specify what that meant; perhaps Mai wasn't coming home after school to help run the house and care for her siblings, as many Hmong daughters are expected to do. Perhaps she found the door locked when she stayed out too late. The report does say that Mai's father threatened to send her away for six months to... More >>>