The mother of a doughnut shop worker killed in South Los Angeles broke down in tears as she spoke of her heartbreak Wednesday.
She had to be consoled by family members as she stood at a shrine in memory of Andrew Ung, who was stabbed to death by a man who tried to rob his family's strip mall store Tuesday night.
He had vowed to look after his parents in their old age, and his parents could not hide her devestation that she would not be able to spend her senior years with her son.
"I take care of him, now he dead, he's 29... He not coming back. He will not help me, not take care of me." his mother said.
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His brother William Ung said his brother 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.
A peace march in honor of the popular young man, who would give away doughnuts to people in need when they came to the shop, is scheduled to be held at 5 p.m. Thursday. It will start at the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street station and end at the doughnut shop.
It comes after a man walked in to the store on the 300 block of West Florence Avenue at around 9:20 p.m. and asked to buy a doughnut, but then tried to rob the shop instead, police said. The killer, only described as in his 30s with a dark hooded shirt and black beanie, stabbed Ung several times. He died at the hospital.
William Ung said it was the first robbery at the store in eight years.
"We've never given up on this community. When we first moved in here it was pretty rough, and, you know, We stuck it through," Ung said.
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,"