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Three unsolved homicide cases of Koreans last year; LAPD asks for help

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KOREADAILY [KIM SANGJIN]

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) released a complete list of 2022 homicide victims online at www.lapdonline.org/lapd-homicide-victims/ this afternoon and encouraged the public to come forward with information about unsolved or active cases.

“Homicides are devastating to our communities,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore said in a press release. “And with this new website, we’re giving the public a look at how we’re solving unsolved homicides.”

The total number of homicide victims was 382, down 20, or 5%, from 402 in 2021. The list of victims includes young people as well as women, the elderly, and people with disabilities, and nearly half of the victims’ photos have been released.

The five Korean American murder victims are:

Lee, Dal Kun (70); died after being robbed early morning on May 5 last year near Main Street and 53rd Street. A suspect has not yet been apprehended.

Scott Lee (45); stabbed to death by an assailant early morning of July 26 during a struggle on the street near Olympic Blvd. and Serrano ave.

Okja Kim (81); found dead in her Woodland Hills home on Aug. 2 after being attacked by a suspect. The suspects reportedly assaulted Kim during a burglary spree and attempted to set her home on fire. The case remains at large, and a $50,000 reward is being offered for information.

Lee Doo-young (56); stabbed to death on the afternoon of October 1 while trying to stop and chase down a group of teenage robbers who had stormed into a downtown java shop. The incident occurred in broad daylight and in front of a large crowd of bystanders.

An Daehwan (61); fatally shot by a suspect on December 10 of last year on 5th St. in Koreatown. The suspect in the case is still at large.

The LAPD reemphasized that tips about the victim and the case can be submitted anonymously 24 hours a day.

â–¶Contact (800)222-TIPS(8477), (213)484-5608

 

BY INSEONG CHOI [ichoi@koreadaily.com]

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