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LOS ANGELES : Family of Latasha Harlins Wins $300,000 Settlement

July 09, 1992

The family of a 15-year-old black girl slain by a Korean grocer will receive about $300,000 in settlement of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, an attorney said.

Soon Ja Du's insurance company agreed to pay "a little over $300,000" to the brother and sister of Latasha Harlins, said Charles Lloyd, Du's attorney.

Harlins was shot and killed by Du during a confrontation in March, 1991, over whether the youth had paid for a bottle of orange juice in a store owned by the Du family. The suit, alleging wrongful death, intentional killing and negligent killing, was filed in April, 1991, against store owners Soon Ja Du and her husband, Billy Hong Ki Du.

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