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Family Hopes for Closure After Arrest in Doughnut Shop Slaying

Customers say Andrew Ung would give away doughnuts to people in need when they came to the shop

A South Los Angeles family is hoping for closure after police arrested a person believed to have killed a beloved South Los Angeles doughnut shop worker while he was at work, officials said.

Andrew Ung was stabbed to death by a man who walked in to the store on the 300 block of West Florence Avenue at around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday and asked to buy a doughnut, but then tried to rob the shop, police said.

A 37-year-old suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken into custody at 4:30 a.m. Thursday and arrested, according to the LAPD.

The family was surprised to learn about the arrest so late in the evening, but said they were relieved. News of the arrest came after the family and community members held a peace march near the doughnut shop.

"It's shocking, but yet a little bit excited,"  Andrew Ung's brother William said. "Hopefully this will bring closure. Hopefully the justice system works in our favor."

"My son (won't) come back," his mother, Kim Ung, said Thursday night. "I love my son."

William Ung said Andrew had been enjoying his life after making it through difficult times, and that he was killed for "chump change."

"Andy was a great kid, you know he's had some rough times but he's eventually pulled through," Ung said.

Customers said Andrew would give away doughnuts to people in need when they came to the shop.

LAPD Officer Martin Martinez, who has worked in the neighborhood for three decades years, said had come to admire the after getting to know them over the past decade.

"The family is (a) very caring, very supportive family that has given back to our community for many years." Officer Martinez said, "(I) can't tell you the generosity of all members of the family."

Beverly White contributed to this report.

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