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It’s time for action and support for Marlene

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In the heart of East Los Angeles, a horrific incident at a Korean-owned beauty shop has shaken our community to its core.

Marlene Sandoval, a 32-year-old store manager, is fighting for her life after a brutal attack by a group of female robbers. This assault is not just a crime against one person; it is an affront to our collective sense of safety and justice.

Marlene, who had loyally served the store for five years, rising to the position of assistant manager, now lies in critical condition. The violence inflicted upon her was so severe that she now requires a heart transplant.

A group of female robbers broke into a Korean-owned beauty shop on March 6 and attacked the female store manager in the parking lot. [ABC7 screen capture]

The distressing images captured on CCTV, showing Marlene being dragged, assaulted, and left unconscious, are a stark reminder of the vulnerability we all face in the face of unchecked criminality.

This attack is more than a robbery; it’s a potent symbol of the dangers that hardworking individuals face every day. Marlene’s story is one of courage, resilience, and an unwavering dedication to her role, qualities that were met with senseless violence. Her employer, a Korean-American family business, echoes the sentiment of an entire community: this is not the world we want to live in.

We must stand in solidarity with Marlene and her family during this harrowing time. A GoFundMe page has been set up to support her through the daunting journey of a heart transplant. I urge you, the readers, to contribute if you can, offering a beacon of hope in her darkest hours.

But our support should not end there. This incident must serve as a clarion call for change. We must demand justice for Marlene and advocate for stringent measures to deter such heinous acts in the future.

The perpetrators remain at large, a looming threat not just to the physical safety of our community, but to our moral fabric. We call upon law enforcement and the judicial system to act swiftly and decisively, ensuring that these criminals are brought to justice.

Moreover, this tragedy underlines the urgent need for businesses, especially those in vulnerable areas, to reassess their security measures. While the debate on the efficacy of security guards continues, one thing is clear: no employee should ever feel unsafe in their place of work.

As a community, we cannot stand idly by as our neighbors become victims of such vicious attacks. It’s time for action, for solidarity, and for unwavering support for Marlene and her family. Let us come together to send a clear message: violence has no place in our society, and justice for Marlene is justice for us all.

To support Marlene’s fight for life, please visit the GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/f/heart-transplant-support. Your generosity can help turn a story of tragedy into one of hope and community triumph.