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Bloomingdale library rape survivor to get memoir treatment

Queena is well-known as the survivor of a brutal attack at the Bloomingdale library. Her mother is working on a book about her daughter’s story.
Queena is well-known as the survivor of a brutal attack at the Bloomingdale library. Her mother is working on a book about her daughter’s story.
Published Sept. 17, 2014

An assailant stole her dreams of attending college, but her determination to fight on earned her place in the hearts of the Hillsborough County community.

Six years ago, an East Bay High School senior was attacked and brutally beaten nearly to her death while returning books to the Bloomingdale Library. She became known as the Bloomingdale Library Victim, then the Bloomingdale Library Survivor, and finally, we learned her name.

Queena.

Soon we'll learn even more.

Vanna Nguyen, the mother of 24-year-old Queena, is working with local author PK Hrezo to produce a memoir of that life-altering night and her journey over the following six years. The book will be titled Mended by Love: A Mother's Memoir of Faith.

A news release described the book as a "a message of hope, inspiration, and courage that focuses on the support and love from the people who have come together to support this incredible young lady."

A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to support the project and raise awareness of violence against women. You can learn more at tbtim.es/7tc.

If you have other services you'd like to donate to Queena, who still requires around-the-clock care, email PK Hrezo at pakazo77@gmail.com.

Times staff