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$50K reward offered for elderly man's killers

February 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A $50,000 reward is being offered to help police track down three suspects believed to be behind the brutal stabbing murder of a 75-year-old man.

Min Yin, a retired violin teacher from China, was stabbed in broad daylight while helping his daughter receive Fedex shipments at her clothing business in the Garment District. Detectives said the first suspect came in to pick up an order before the other two forced their way in, and one of them stabbed Yin.

"This is a crime against our entire community. We are asking for the community's help to come together and help us find the individuals who are responsible," said Los Angeles Councilwoman Jan Perry.

Meanwhile, Yin's daughter is busy packing up her business.

"We hope for as early as possible to find out who did this to my father. My father's whole life was good until the end of his life," said Yin's daughter, who did not want to be identified.

Yin celebrated his 75th birthday in the hospital, where he spent the last 3 1/2 months of his life in critical condition.

"They're just good, hard-working people that would come in every morning, just like us, open up their gates and go work all day and then close up and go home, and to have to deal with that tragedy is just horrible," said Richard Carr, who owns a neighboring business.

Detectives believe the motive was robbery, targeting the clothing inside the business. Investigators are hoping the $50,000 reward will trigger someone to come forward with information on these three men.

"I think they will do that to someone else. We want our community always safe," said Yin's daughter.

Anyone with information about this crime should call 1-877-LAPD-24-7 or the anonymous tip line, 1-800-222-TIPS.