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Sylmar woman allegedly set on fire by her son dies, LAPD says

September 6, 2012 |  5:41 pm

Homicides reported in the Sylmar area since 2007
A 59-year-old Sylmar woman who was allegedly set on fire by her son has died, police said Thursday afternoon.

Heunae Chang was "intentionally set on fire" Saturday morning and had been clinging to life, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.

She died Thursday morning. Officers found the woman in her home in 12000 block of Via Santa Marta

Her 25-year-old son, Phillip Chang, was arrested at the home on suspicion of murder. He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, the LAPD said.

Officer Karen Ranyer said detectives have not released details regarding how the woman was burned and why she was attacked.

Since January 2007, five people have been slain within two miles of where Chang was set ablaze, according to the Times Homicide Report database.

Anyone with information is asked to call (877) 222-8477.


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Map shows homicides reported since 2007 near where a woman was set on fire in Sylmar. Credit: Times Homicide Report