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Cerritos man allegedly killed friend from South Korea

January 28, 2011 |  8:54 am

6a00d8341c630a53ef0147e20b402b970b A Cerritos man was to be arraigned Friday on charges of murdering his childhood friend visiting from South Korea, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Beong Kwun Cho, 51, is accused of shooting 50-year-old Weon Woo Lee, whom he had known since kindergarten, Tuesday night with a shot to the back of the head.

Cho's arraignment was scheduled for 10 a.m. in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana.

Cho has lived with his family in California for seven years. Lee came to California on vacation in November and spent time with Cho and his family, according to the district attorney's office.

Prosecutors claim Cho left Lee's body behind a vehicle in an industrial section of Anaheim. Cho allegedly tossed Lee’s identification in a nearby Dumpster and fled.

A street sweeper discovered Lee’s body a few hours later. A motive for the crime was still under investigation.


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Photo: Beong Kwun Cho. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office