Suy Phavong, 52, was killed during a triple shooting in Long Beach on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of a GoFundMe page set up on his behalf.
UPDATE | Authorities today identified two men killed in Long Beach on Wednesday during a midnight shooting that left a third man wounded.
Suy Phavong, 52, who lived at the location of the shooting, was identified as one of the victims. He died at the scene.
According to a GoFundMe set up to pay for Phavong’s memorial expenses, he left behind a wife and five children.
“We are lost at words and don’t understand how/why this happened,” read the fundraising page. “He got along with everyone, he was a good friend to anyone and everyone. He was the most humble person.”
Phavong had come to the U.S. from Cambodia in 1979, during or near the end of the genocidal reign of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, according to NBC4.
The second victim was identified as 35-year-old Panha Nhean of Long Beach, who died from his injuries at a local hospital.
A third victim who has only been identified as a 47-year-old Long Beach man was hospitalized with a non-life threatening injury.
Authorities said that all the victims were in a converted detached garage when an unknown suspect opened fire at the group around midnight on April 4.
The motive for the shooting is not known and no suspect information is available.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert and Scott Lasch at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling (800) 222-TIPS (8477).
City News Service contributed to this report.
PREVIOUSLY: Two Shot Dead, Another Wounded in North Long Beach
4/4/18 at 1:50PM | Two men were killed and another wounded in a midnight shooting Wednesday in North Long Beach, authorities said.
Police were dispatched to Orange Avenue at 53rd Street where they discovered a man’s body with a gunshot wound to his torso.
Another man who had also been shot in the torso was transported by Long Beach paramedics to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries, according to Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria.
A third man, who was also shot in his upper body, was hospitalized as well. Authorities described his wound as “non-life threatening”.
No suspect information is available. The investigation is ongoing.
Stephanie Rivera covers immigration and the north, west and central parts of Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.
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