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December 12, 1991 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police investigators, stumped by the mystery of who killed a Granada Hills family of four last month, got a boost Wednesday when proposals were made to offer $50,000 in rewards for the killer. Councilman Hal Bernson introduced a motion asking the city to post a $25,000 reward to help solve the slayings of the Yoo family. Less than an hour later, a relative of the victims put up a $25,000 reward.
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December 12, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY and LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Alarmed by the murders of a five-person catering crew, some San Fernando Valley food truck drivers said Wednesday that they may begin carrying guns to protect themselves. Despite being robbed twice, caterer Mike Agazaryan said he had not considered carrying a gun until this week's slayings, which he speculated was the work of robbers. "If somebody is going to kill me for a couple hundred dollars," he said, "then I am going to try to kill him first."
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December 11, 1991 | JOHN JOHNSON and JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ismael Cervantes' rise from immigrant poverty to ownership of a San Fernando Valley catering truck is the prototypical American success story, the dream that inspired generations. His death this weekend at the hands of brutal killers, along with that of his 13-year-old son, Ismael Jr., and three employees, symbolizes something more sinister--the flip side of the American dream, according to the principal of the school that Cervantes' son attended.
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December 11, 1991 | LESLIE BERGER and MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Led by a tip to a roadside clearing in a remote San Fernando Valley canyon Tuesday, Los Angeles police discovered the bodies of five people who worked on a catering truck that had been found ransacked and abandoned in North Hollywood two days earlier. The hands of the victims were bound with tape and their bodies left just beyond a guardrail in the 8400 block of La Tuna Canyon Road, according to witnesses. The victims were identified as Ismael Cervantes Sr.
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November 27, 1991 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The slaying of four members of a Korean-American family in Granada Hills last week apparently was not racially motivated, Los Angeles police investigators told a meeting of the family's uneasy neighbors Tuesday night. The motive for the killing is unknown, but "there is nothing to indicate that it is a hate crime," said Lt. Daniel Lang, head of the investigation.
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November 26, 1991 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police continued to say little Monday about the slaying of four members of a Korean-American family in Granada Hills. Representatives of Asian-American groups said they were frustrated by the lack of information on the killings, a case they said has deeply shaken the Korean-American community. Investigators have been unusually silent since the bodies of Hee Wan Yoo, 36; his wife, Gyung, 34, and their children Pauline, 6, and Kenneth, 4, were discovered Wednesday. Lt.
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November 22, 1991 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four members of a Granada Hills family found slain in their home were apparently killed by an intruder using a sharp weapon, investigators said Thursday. The Los Angeles County coroner's office attributed the deaths to "multiple sharp-force wounds," but a spokesman would not explain the phrase. However, a Los Angeles police detective said "some kind of a sharp instrument" was used to kill Hee Wan Yoo, 36, his wife, Gyung Jin Yoo, 34, and their children, Pauline, 7, and Kenneth, 5. But Lt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1991
Two Sherman Oaks residents were among three people shot to death in a Mid-Wilshire area apartment last week, but detectives still have no motive for the triple slayings, authorities said Monday. Los Angeles police identified the victims as Virginia Louie, 60, and Luis de Leon, 36, both of Sherman Oaks, and Darryl Newton, 43, who lived in the apartment in the 300 block of South Oxford Street. Their bodies were found about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Lt. Daniel Lang said.
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August 26, 1991
Three people were found murdered in a new, security-gated apartment building on the edge of Koreatown, law enforcement officials said. The victims' bodies were found by a neighbor Saturday, apparently several days after they were killed. One of the dead was identified as Virginia Louie, 60, of Los Angeles. The others' names were not released because their families had not been notified.
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May 9, 1991 | From Associated Press
The man convicted of killing four women during a birthday party was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole. "I'm happy that he is forever removed from the community," Deputy Dist. Atty. Vivian Davidson said after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Tynan sentenced Raymond Navarro Jr. Navarro, 28, was convicted of four counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and multiple murder under special circumstances.
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