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Social Media Founder Charged In Shooting Death of Ex Wife’s New Husband

January 20, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Social Media Founder Charged In Shooting Death of Ex Wife’s New Husband Image courtesy of Minh Nguyen

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The co-founder of pre-Facebook social network Plaxo has been arrested and charged with the murder his ex-wife’s new husband.

On Thursday, Minh Nguyen, 38, allegedly broke into the Ashburn, Virginia home of his ex wife and new husband and shot Corey Mattison two months after he married Denise Nguyen.
Police say, two of Nguyen’s three children with Denise were present at in the home at the time of the shooting around 9:30pm.

Denise and their third child allegedly walked in during the attack, according to the Londoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Nobody else was injured in the attack, the report said. Nguyen, who was taken into custody without incident, was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond.

Mattison, who is a father of two from a previous marriage, worked as a project manager at a Washington D.C. construction firm.

His co workers told local media that Mattison spent a lot of time with his children and the children of Nguyen.

‘Corey and his wife would go to a baseball games with the kids, and [Nguyen] would blow up,’ his colleague Rick Knutson told the station.

‘He would try to prevent them from taking the kids anywhere. The guy seemed to be a little unstable.’

Nguyen, is a major figure in the US technology business, and is the co-founded of Plaxo with Sean Parker in 2002, Facebook’s first president. The site was acquired by Comcast.

The social network was said to be the ‘world’s leading online address book, storing over 50 million address books with 3.7 billion contacts.’

Nguyen, graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Multimedia Design in 1997, is based in Washington, D.C.

Nguyen began his career as an interface programmer at AOL. After Plaxo was acquired, he became an advisor to three tech firms as well as being the chairman of Syllabuster, which is a mobile application for teachers and students.

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