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A suspect was in custody Friday in the fatal stabbing of a clerk at a South Los Angeles doughnut shop.
The stabbing occurred about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at Florence Avenue and Broadway. The victim, 29-year-old Andy Ung, was the son of the doughnut shop’s owners, and his death has prompted vigils and peace marches in South Los Angeles.
The suspect, identified only as a 37-year-old man, was arrested Wednesday morning, according to Los Angeles police Officer Jack Richter.
According to police, the suspect entered the doughnut shop and robbed it, and Ung apparently followed him outside, where a struggle ensued. During the struggle, which occurred in an alley, the clerk was stabbed “multiple times,” Preciado said.
A memorial of candles and flowers has been growing outside the doughnut shop since the killing. Dozens of people took part in a march Thursday night through South Los Angeles in Ung’s memory. Residents of the area said Ung would often give doughnuts to the homeless or other people in need.
“I take care of him, now he’s dead. He’s 29,” Ung’s mother said through tears during a memorial gathering outside the shop this week. “He not coming back. He will not help me, not take care of me.”
Ung’s brother, William, said the robbery was the first at the shop in eight years.
“We’ve never given up on this community,” he told NBC4. “When we first moved in here it was pretty rought and, you know, we stuck it through.”
— City News Service