(L.A.) Alisha Chung, 8, Killed by Her Father
Case Number: 2023-02475
Los Angeles County is reporting the death of an eight-year-old female of Korean ethnicity that occurred at a residence.
The coroner’s office has identified the child as Alisha Chung.
Manner of Death: Homicide
Cause of Death: Multiple Sharp Force Injuries
RIP ALISHA CHUNG (April 7, 2014 – March 3, 2023)
Local Koreans say the girl was killed by her father Joseph Chung (51), who also killed his wife, the girl’s mother YiYoung Kim (49), before killing himself.
The child had not shown up to school and her father, who was a part-time pastor, had been missed at church.
Worried churchmembers went to check on them at their apartment on Denker Avenue in Gardena and when no one answered the door, they called the police.
Motive appears to have been economic despair.
The Korean American community has notably high rates of suicides, particularly murder-suicides, in which the patriarch of the family kills his wife and child(ren), then himself.