(L.A.) Yiyoung Kim, 49, Killed by Her Husband

Case Number: 2023-02474

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 49-year-old female of Korean ethnicity that occurred at a residence.

The coroner’s office has identified the woman as Yiyoung Kim.

Manner of Death: Homicide

Cause of Death: Multiple Sharp Force Injuries

RIP YI-YOUNG KIM (December 22, 1973 – March 3, 2023)


Local Korean-language media outlets say the decedent was killed by her husband Joseph Chung (51), who also killed their daughter Alisha Chung (8), before killing himself.

The location was the family’s apartment on Denker Avenue in Gardena, a city located in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County.

Motive for the murder 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.