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Student charged in killing of vocational school teacher

February 25, 2011 |  4:35 pm

A 22-year-old student arrested in the shooting death of his vocational school instructor was charged with murder Friday, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced.

Law Thien Huynh is accused of killing Roberto Herrera, 44, a security guard training instructor at Coast Career Institute in Los Angeles.

Huynh allegedly argued with the instructor Wednesday before leaving the classroom, returned with a firearm and shot Herrera in the head at near point-blank range, Lt. Paul Vernon of the Los Angeles Police Department said at the time.

A district attorney’s spokeswoman said no information about a suspected motive has been released.

Herrera had taught a 24-week course in security guard training at the institute for three years as a side job, Vernon told KABC-TV Channel 7 at the time.

Vernon said then that Huynh took no aim at any of the students, allegedly targeting only the instructor.

Huynh’s bail is recommended at $2 million. If convicted as charged, he could face up to 50 years to life in state prison.


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