Remembering the Yang Family, Gunned Down by a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

October 13, 2022

LOS ANGELES, CA—This savage and racist attack happened on March 11, 1979, and has always been brushed aside because the perpetrator was not Caucasian. For the sake of “unity,” Asians must forget and ignore crimes committed by African-Americans because many liberal Asian organizations believe “white supremacy” is the enemy, which is why we still remember the death of Vincent Chin and not this.

Stanley “Tookie” Williams III was born on December 29, 1953, and was executed on December 13, 2005, after Gov. Schwarzenegger and the California Supreme Court refused to grant the Crips co-founder and Nobel peace and literature prize nominee clemency for his heinous crimes.

According to Simon & Schuster, Williams was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times and the Nobel Prize in literature four times. He is the only man in history to be nominated while imprisoned.

It should be noted, rapper Snoop Dogg and actor Jamie Foxx fully supported clemency for Williams—regardless of his animalistic execution of an Asian family in cold blood. Foxx argued for clemency because his execution was so close to his birthday.

Many African-American community leaders lambasted California officials in 2005 for refusing to grant clemency, however, the very same leaders always bring up the murder of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins by Korean store owner Soon Ja Du in 1991 every time they need to belittle the Asian community.

In the early morning of February 29, 1979, Williams and three other accomplices entered a 7-Eleven located at 10437 Whittier Boulevard in Whittier and approached 26-year-old store clerk Albert Lewis Owens.

Two of Williams’ accomplices started emptying out the cash register as Williams pointed a shotgun at Owens and forced him to walk to the back of the store. Williams shot at a security monitor and then shot Owens twice in the back at point-blank range—killing him as he lay prone on the storeroom floor.

Less than two weeks after murdering Owens, on March 11, 1979, Williams broke into the Brookehaven Motel located at 10411 South Vermont Avenue in South Central Los Angeles. The hotel was run by 76-year-old Yen-Yi Yang, his wife, 63-year-old Tsai-Shai C. Yang, and their 43-year-old daughter, Yu-Chin Yang Lin.

10411 South Vermont Avenue in 2022. Image via Google Maps

The Yang family was actually preparing to sell the business because the neighborhood had deteriorated, according to prosecutors.

Williams entered the motel lobby and then broke down the door that led to the private office. Inside the office, Williams shot and killed Yen-Yi, Tsai-Shai, and Yu-Chin. He then emptied the cash register and fled the scene.

Robert Yang, the couple’s son, was asleep with his wife in their bedroom at the motel and was awakened by the sound of somebody breaking down the door to the motel’s office. Shortly thereafter he heard a female scream, followed by gunshots. Robert entered the motel office and found that his mother, his sister, and his father had all been shot, and the cash register was empty.

The forensic pathologist testified that Yen-Yi Yang suffered two close-range shotgun wounds, one to his left arm and abdomen, and one to the lower left chest. Tsai-Shai also received two close-range wounds, one to the tailbone, and the other to the front of the abdomen, entering at the navel. Yu-Chin Yang Lin was shot once in the upper left face area at a distance of a few feet, according to Wikiwand.

Multiple witnesses testified Williams referred to the victims in conversations with friends as “Buddha-heads.”

The Yang family were immigrants from Taiwan and Yu-Chin recently arrived in the United States to help run the hotel. Needless to say, the Yang family was completely shattered and their lives were destroyed.

The Associated Press tried to track down the surviving members of the Yang family but was unsuccessful. However, according to the state Attorney General’s Office, the surviving family members fully supported the jury’s verdict and completely opposed clemency.

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