Suspect in Fatal Robbery of Asian Teen in SF Denies Allegations, Pleads Not Guilty

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One of the suspects who allegedly shot and killed Kelvin Chew in May in a fatal robbery pleaded not guilty and has denied all allegations.

What happened: Chew was fatally shot near his home in Portola, San Francisco, when two men allegedly tried to rob him.

  • Chew took a walk after his Zoom class on May 7, Community Youth Center Executive Director Sarah Ching-Ting Wan said, according to SF News.
  • Officers found the teen at 8:02 p.m. near Felton and Colby Streets with gunshot wounds.
  • Police were able to track down the two suspects from evidence found at the crime scene.
  • Chew, a son of a working-class Chinese immigrant family, studied at City College of San Francisco. He planned to go to UC Santa Cruz this fall to take up computer science and engineering.
  • A GoFundMe campaign was set up by the Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYCSF) to help Chew’s family.

The aftermath: Fagamalama Pasene, 26, is facing first degree attempted robbery, conspiracy, murder, and being an accessory after the fact in addition to a misdemeanor warrant charges. Zion Young, 19, is facing suspicion of murder, attempted first degree robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and conspiracy charges.

  • Young’s attorney, public defender Sylvia Cediel, said her client pleaded not guilty and denied all the allegations against him on Thursday, according to SF Examiner.
  • “This is a truly tragic situation for the families and communities of these young men, one of whom lost his life and two of whom now stand accused of taking it,” Cediel said.
  • Both Pasene and Young are still in custody with no bail.

Feature Image via GoFundMe

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