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Friends mourn death of expectant Venice mom

December 14, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Friends and loved ones gathered in Venice Monday, following the brutal death of a woman who was pregnant with twins. It's a very difficult time for friends and neighbors of Eun Kang. They gathered in front of her home for a candlelight vigil Monday evening. They're remembering an expectant mother who was looking forward to her new life with twins. Everyone is still struggling to comprehend this vicious crime.

Kang, 38, was four-months pregnant when she was brutally raped and stabbed to death in her Venice home on Dec. 8. Here alleged killer, 22-year-old Benitio Washington, was caught just moments after the murder. He's charged with three counts of murder with special circumstances.

Investigators believe it was a random attack and that Kang did not know Washington. Washington has been in trouble with the law before, and earlier this year had served time in a state mental hospital.

Kang owned a Beverly Hills dry-cleaning business, and friends say they still can't believe that the suspect was free to commit this crime.

"We all admired her and respected her and she never had a bad thing to say about anyone. She was a wonderful human being and she is dead today, and her two unborn children are dead today because the system failed. That man never should've been on the street," said Kang's friend Debra Orpi.

Though the crowd at the vigil were angry and frustrated, they say that during the vigil, all they wanted to do was remember Kang and the two children she was about to bear.


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