• Matt Esnayra

Seal Beach PD opens a hate crime inquiry after an Asian-American widow received a racist letter

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The Seal Beach Police Department opened a hate crime investigation after an elderly Asian-American resident of Leisure World received a threatening racist letter.


SBPD says they received a phone call on March 22 from the daughter of a resident of the retirement community Leisure World who said her 82-year-old mother received a handwritten threatening letter in the mail. Fearing for their safety, they called the police.

  • Seal Beach PD said in a press release that investigators going to utilize "DNA and fingerprint analysis, handwriting analysis, neighborhood canvass, and video surveillance" to uncover the suspect's identity.

  • Police say the suspect mailed the letter last Friday,the same day 83-year-old Byong Choi's funeral, from a Los Angeles post office per the LA Times.

  • The mystery writer appears to be elated over the death of Mr. Byong mentimg that " "Now that Byong is gone makes it one less Asian to put up with in Leisure World," said the author. The letter also states "You frickin Asians are taking over our American community."

What they're saying:

"Hate directed toward any member of our community is disgusting and will not be tolerated," said Seal Beach Chief of Police Philip L. Gonshak." "Across the county, we are seeing more and more violence committed against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. We will not allow this to happen in Seal Beach. Our investigators are working hard to following up on any and all leads we receive"

The big picture:

The racist letter to a grieving widow arrived days after a White man gunned down eight people, including six Asian women, at Atlanta-area spas and as violence against Asian-Americans are on the rise nationwide.

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