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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Funeral Set for Long Beach Hit-Run Witness

Known as Eley, he will be memorialized Sunday. Credit Family of Yon Chreng

Yon Chreng, a young Cambodian-American who tried to flag down a dangerous driver and was dragged to his death, will be honored this weekend.

By Nancy Wride
See more pictures at belmontshore.patch.com
March 30, 2012

A funeral service will be held this Sunday, April 1st, for Yon Chreng, who was killed by a hit-run driver he tried to flag down and stop on a Long Beach street last week.

Related Topics: Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach witness to hit-run killed, Yon Chreng, and hit-run witness killed

Chreng, 27, who is known as Eley, was fatally injured by the driver of a green Dodge pick-up truck that struck the car of Chreng's girlfriend at 12:50 a.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of Stanley Avenue. Chreng ran out to the street upon hearing the crash, tried to flag down the driver and instead, was intentionally hit and dragged several feet. The driver hit three more cars.

Long Beach Police Department detectives are still searching for the driver, who abandoned the truck and fled that night.

Services will be held Sunday at Stricklin Mortuary, 1952 Long Beach Blvd.:
--Viewing will begin at 9:00am
--The service is from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

His cousin Phalika Chhuon, of Belmont Shore, said Chreng is survived by his parents, nine siblings, and "many nieces and nephews who are confused and questioing where their uncle has gone, is he ever coming back?"

The large and close Cambodian-American family has been stunned, Chhuon said, her e-mailed sorrow halting:

"His death has struck the family so hard ... with many, still in disbelief .... Not willing to accept the fact that our loved one is gone and within a blink of an eye, easily taken away from us...

"We pray, pray and pray. Hoping the man that committed this will be
caught soon, and let Yon's soul be at rest... For he has brought so
much pain to the lives of so many. Yon's parents, brothers and
sisters. Neighbors, family and friends. Nieces and nephews.



Anonymous said...

May you rest in peace !
Such a good semeritent.

Anonymous said...

Too many hatred in this country, if you are not white people, you will be a victim....

Anonymous said...

If white people got killed, the police will caught the killer in less 48 hours.....But if you are Asian....good luck!?

Anonymous said...

I hope they caught that driver who kill this poor guy, that driver hit and ran on purpose...

Anonymous said...

I agree! There's still lot of racist in this country....Stupid white people don't like us much...

Anonymous said...

My heartfelt condolence to the family and friends of this young brave man. The good died young and he was one indeed.

Anonymous said...

did you ever see or hear a cambodian run over a white man in srok khmer. probably not.

Anonymous said...

Some bastard white people blamed Asian came to take away their jobs..?? Man, we work hard in school inorder to get a jobs, talking about learning diff...languages? I don't know about other people, but for me, I'm still struggling learning english though!

Anonymous said...

10:35 PM
Learning a foreign language is never easy. Don't give up.

Anonymous said...

RIP to our Khmer brother. I hope they find or identify the killer sooner than later. And to all the above comments, do you people know stupid you sound? Mourn the brother but instead you bitch about white people. Without them you wouldn't be here so STFU. Rip Mr. Yon

Anonymous said...

Whats wrong with you guys?! All of the Racist comments?! How did white people get involved with Yon's death... you guys should be ashamed of yourself. Instead of all these hatred, racist, unecessary comments, we would appreciate it if you rather not leave such comments!