New details released in the murder of 69-year-old Hmong man


The oldest son of a man who was shot and killed in his own home, speaks only to Eyewitness News. It was a home invasion that ended in the deaths of three people. Fresno Police is now releasing new details.

Chief Jerry Dyer confirmed the suspects targeted the wrong house on East Hammond Avenue when they entered last Tuesday.

Imagine trying to defend your dad from death inside of your own home. That’s what police say happened last week after two men entered a home and held a man at gunpoint. That man is Chong Yang who died that morning. Eyewitness News spoke with one of his sons about that horrible day.

“I would have turned back the time and change all this so I would still have my father with me,” said Nhia Yang.

Yang wishes he could rewind life to one week ago on June 6, the morning after his father’s birthday. Instead he’s trying to explain to his kids why Chong Yang is no longer here.

“‘What happened to grandpa? Is my grandpa going to come back?,'” said Yang.

Police say 27-year-old Elijah Mays and 23-year-old Xavier Williams grabbed 69-year-old Chong Yang in his own living room, holding a gun on him moments before Yang’s youngest son came out to defend his father with an AR 15 rifle, firing nine rounds as one of the suspects fired four rounds in exchange. The coroner says the bullet that killed Chong Yang didn’t come from his son’s rifle. Nhia says his little brother still flashes back to the shootout.

“He told me that it’s something that traumatized him and it’s right there,” said Yang.

Chief Dyer says investigators spoke to the mother of the suspects. She tells police her sons came from Sacramento, specifically targeting southeast Asian families in their crimes. Now authorities believe the suspects intended to break into an entirely different home that morning.

“We believe that they had somehow had a location provided to them that was not the location which they hit. Somehow it was a mistaken location where they thought perhaps drugs were present,” said Dyer.

What police call a mistake leaves a family broken. Nhia Yang says he’ll miss fishing and hunting with his dad. Now just days away from Father’s Day, Yang will be without his hero for the first time in his life.

“So this Sunday is going to be a very sad Father’s day for me without a father figure in my life,” said Yang.

The Yang family wants to hold Chong Yang’s funeral in July and they say they need any help they can get. Here’s the link to their GoFundMe page:

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