(L.A.) Hyun Soo Chung, 48, Killed by Ex-Husband

Case Number: 2020-00679

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 48-year-old Asian female that occurred at a residence in Koreatown.

The coroner’s office has identified the woman as Hyun Chung.

Manner of Death: Homicide

Cause of Death: Multiple Blunt Force Injuries

RIP HYUN-SOO CHUNG (January 15, 1972 – January 22, 2020)

The decedent was Korean.

She was killed by her 50-year-old ex-husband Joseph Song Chung at her apartment in the 400 block of South Berendo Street in Koreatown. Her body was not discovered until police went to the apartment on Wednesday, January 22.

The local government’s policy is to log the date of death based on the day the body was found.

There was a history of domestic violence between the victim and Chung, who was quickly named a suspect in the case. Chung surrendered to police in Santa Cruz at around 5 p.m. Monday and was returned to Los Angeles Tuesday.

The county’s district attorney says the victim was strangled to death, while the medical examiner did not mention strangulation as a cause of death. She was likely beaten to death.

Incident location: 415 South Berendo Street, Apt #112, Los Angeles, CA 90020

The building is known as Wilshire Berendo Regency.

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Wednesday at 3:46 p.m.