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85-Year-Old Brutally Beaten Near Downtown Whole Foods Dies
An elderly man who was brutally beaten by a homeless man in downtown over a week ago has died.
Dong Yul Lee, 85, died Monday morning at 6 a.m. from his injuries in the attack on the afternoon of April 2nd near 7th and Olive, according to NBC Los Angeles.
LaFawn Parker, 46, is accused of punching Lee, kicking him and then stomping on his head in an apparently unprovoked attack. Waltay Simmons, a security guard across the street at Whole Foods, interrupted the beating by tackling and pepper-spraying Parker, then holding him until police arrived. Gruesome photos and video from the scene show Lee lying in a pool of his own blood. Parker is facing a murder charge now that Lee has died, authorities told City News Service.
Lee was trying to get some fresh air when Parker began attacking him, authorities say. They suspect that Parker is mentally ill.
Kirk Gaw told CBS Los Angeles that he was grocery shopping when he witnessed the attack. He said, "[The suspect] chased the man out of the restaurant and then raced toward the senior citizen—the victim—and knocked him over and started stomping on his head. He was yelling that, 'Koreans are raping me.'"
Los Angeles' nearby Skid Row has been called an "outdoor asylum without walls." The city has pledged $100 million to eradicate homelessness but a city report says we'd need closer to $2 billion.
"A guy without his medicine and a victim who was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Simmons previously told NBC Los Angeles. "I think both of them were victims, really."
Gaw says his neighbor will be missed, "He was a neighborhood fixture who liked to stand in front of his apartment building and enjoy his neighborhood and the progress here and the historic core."
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.