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Reward Offered in Cold Case Murder of Granada Hills Family

The Yoo family was found stabbed to death in their Granada Hills home in 1991. Police are hoping a new reward will draw out new leads.

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A $75,000 reward for information in the decades-old brutal murder of a family of four in Granada Hills was renewed Friday by the Los Angeles City Council in the hope of drawing out new leads in the cold case.

The bodies of Hee Wan Yoo, 36, his wife, Gyung Jin, 34, and their two children, 6-year-old Pauline and 4-year-old Kenneth, were found in their home Nov. 20, 1991. They had been stabbed to death.

Investigators told neighbors and reporters at the time of the slaying of the Korean-American family they did not believe it was racially motivated. There was also no indication robbery was a motive.

There also did not appear to be any sign of forced entry, according to reports to neighbors soon after the crime.

The children were found in a bedroom in their pajamas, and the parents were found under a blanket in the living room, discovered after Hee Wan Yoo failed to show up to work at the dental lab he owned in Koreatown.

Some speculation early in the investigation focused on the family’s deep roots in Los Angeles’ Koreatown community, but no arrests ever came of that lead.

In the more than two decades that has passed, a reward has been repeatedly offered for information that could lead to the arrest of the family’s killer, but there have been few leads.

The council originally offered a $25,000 reward a month after the killings, and has renewed it several times during the last 23 years.
 

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