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Hmong community holds candlelight vigil at Vadnais Lake for Minnesota couple and their 3 children

  • Members of the Minnesota Hmong community gathered on Saturday and placed flowers, candles and balloons at the shore of Vadnais Lake to honor the memory of a couple and their three children, who were drowned by their mother.
  • Molly Cheng, 23, drowned her three children and herself in Vadnais Lake the same day her husband Yee Lee committed suicide in their Maplewood home on July 1.
  • The candlelight vigil took place where police first found the abandoned shoes of the three children, which prompted the emergency search by Ramsey County.
  • The fathers of the couple voiced their deep grief and gratitude for the support of the community.
  • Family members of Lee and Cheng have set up a fundraiser on GoFundMe to help raise money for the family’s funeral expenses.

The Hmong 18 Council of Minnesota along with family and community members held a candlelight vigil at Vadnais Lake to honor the memory of a couple and their three children, who were drowned by their mother.

Members of the Hmong community gathered on Saturday and placed flowers, candles and balloons at the shore of Vadnais Lake, where the abandoned shoes of the three children were found two weeks ago. 

Minnesota mom in ‘triple murder-suicide’ allegedly bullied by husband’s relatives after he shot himself

  • Molly Cheng, 23, reportedly drowned herself after allegedly killing her three children by smothering and drowning in Maplewood, Minnesota, on July 1.
  • The killings took place just hours after Molly’s husband, Kos Lee, shot himself to death following an alleged argument with his wife.
  • A Medium post by writer Yia Vue, which cited information from undisclosed sources, claimed that the couple’s marriage had been problematic from the beginning, with Kos’ family disapproving of Molly.
  • In the aftermath of Kos’ death, his relatives allegedly went to Facebook Live to talk about the tragedy and “tear down Molly,” calling her names such as “homewrecker,” “cheater” and “sl*t.”
  • Vue also shed light on Molly having been adopted, and how she felt, even after getting married, that “everything she did was met with disapproval.”
  • Investigation into the case is ongoing.

A Minnesota woman who is believed to have died by drowning herself after allegedly killing her three children was earlier bullied following the death of her husband, according to reports.

The case, which authorities are investigating as a “triple murder-suicide,” has shaken the family’s neighborhood in Maplewood, as well as Hmong communities across the country after making national headlines.

Authorities confirm Minnesota couple died by suicide, 3 children were drowned by mother in lake

  • The Ramsey County medical examiner confirmed the causes of death of Molly Cheng, 23, her husband Yee Lee, 27, and their three children, aged 3 to 5.
  • Lee’s cause of death was confirmed to be a suicide by gunshot wound.
  • The cause of death of Quadrillion T. Lee, 4, and Estella Zoo Siab Lee, 3, were reported to be drowning and smothering. The cause of death of Phoenix Lee, 5, was determined to be drowning.
  • Cheng reportedly drowned by suicide.
  • The Hmong 18 Council of Minnesota along with family and community members will hold a candlelight vigil at Vadnais Lake on July 9 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Family members of Lee and Cheng have set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to help raise money for the family’s funeral expenses.

The Ramsey County medical examiner confirmed the causes of death of a Minnesota couple and their children, who were recovered from Vadnais Lake, in what authorities are investigating as a triple murder-suicide.

Maplewood Police officers responded to the 1300 block of Pearson Drive in Maplewood on July 1 when Molly Cheng, 23, reported that her 27-year-old husband, Yee Lee, had shot himself.

Police: Minnesota woman, 23, killed her 3 children and herself after her husband’s suicide

  • Molly Cheng, 23, and her three children were recovered from a Minnesota lake in what authorities are investigating to be a “possible triple murder-suicide” during a two-day search that began Friday evening.
  • Multiple agencies began the search after officials responded to a home in Maplewood on Friday morning for a reported suicide. They found the body of Kos Lee, the husband of Cheng and the father of the three children.
  • Police were able to track the mother’s location through her cellphone. Cheng’s car and the shoes of the children, two boys and a girl, were also found by the lake.
  • Authorities recovered the body of one child from the lake at around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and the body of a second child shortly after midnight from the same lake in Vadnais Heights.
  • The body of the mother was recovered at 10:40 a.m. on Saturday. The third child was found 20 minutes later.
  • The tragedy has left the area’s Hmong community in shock and struggling to cope, prompting community leaders to counsel not only the victims’ families but also Hmong families in the Twin Cities.

The bodies of a mother and her three children were recovered from a Minnesota lake in what authorities are investigating to be a “possible triple murder-suicide.”

Molly Cheng, a 23-year-old tattoo and beauty artist, and her three children, who are all believed to be under the age of 5, were pulled from a lake north of St. Paul during a two-day search that began Friday evening.

Minnesota congressional candidate Jennifer Carnahan accuses man of swerving his car at her

Jennifer Carnahan
  • Republican congressional candidate Jennifer Carnahan, 46, was reportedly threatened and almost hit by a car while campaigning early this week.
  • Carnahan was out during a door-to-door campaign in Faribault, Minnesota, at around 5:25 p.m. on Tuesday when she encountered a man who “made several threatening comments to her” and hurled vulgarities at her, according to reports.
  • The man, whom the Korean American candidate described as being between 18 and 20 years old, allegedly swerved his blue Ford Focus at the GOP candidate as she was walking away.
  • Authorities identified the man and found his home after launching an investigation, Police Chief John Sherwin said. Police have yet to release details about the suspect’s identity and any potential charges as of Wednesday.
  • While a verbal exchange did occur, Sherwin told the Pioneer Press that the suspect seemed to deny swerving in Carnahan’s direction on purpose.
  • “It is a fact that an incident occurred,” Sherwin said. “Obviously, each person has a version of the story. The driving contact as described [by Carnahan] is where the inconsistency occurs.”

Republican congressional candidate Jennifer Carnahan was reportedly threatened and almost hit by a car while campaigning early this week.

Carnahan, 46, was out during a door-to-door campaign on the 1000 block of 1st Street Southeast in Faribault, Minnesota, at around 5:25 p.m. on Tuesday when she encountered a man who “made several threatening comments to her” and hurled vulgarities at her, according to reports.

Burglar pulls off $250,000 Pokémon heist of Minnesota shop after smashing through a wall

pokémon cards
  • A burglar broke into a collectibles shop in Forest Lake, Minnesota, and stole about $250,000 worth of Pokémon cards.
  • The intruder first broke into a neighboring vacant store and then punched a hole through the wall to get into Punch-Out Gaming, a store co-owned by brothers Mike and Eric Johnson.
  • Eric believes that the burglar did not act alone due to the amount of stolen items.
  • He also thinks that the perpetrators are familiar with the store as they knew what to do to get into the areas where the Pokémon merchandise was stored.
  • The owners said that while the store is insured, they will still incur a significant amount of loss from the burglary due to the rarity of the stolen items.
  • The online Pokémon community is helping the store by monitoring any online listings that might be selling the stolen cards.

A burglar reportedly stole about $250,000 worth of Pokémon cards from a video games and collectibles shop in Minnesota.

Punch-Out Gaming, a family-owned business that has been operating in Forest Lake, Minnesota, for eight years, was hit with a burglary on Thursday morning, reported Pioneer Press (TwinCities.com).

Exclusive: Saint Paul Public Schools district investigating violent student brawl caught in viral videos

Washington Technology Magnet School
  • The Saint Paul Public Schools district is investigating videos that appear to show Washington Technology Magnet School students of Asian descent engaging in brawls following walkouts to protest in-person learning amid the spread of COVID-19.
  • It is unclear if the fights are racially motivated. An investigation into these allegations are ongoing.
  • The school said it is now working with the Saint Paul Public Schools Security and Emergency Management Team and the Saint Paul Police Department to determine consequences for students involved.

WARNING: The video in this article contains violent imagery that may be disturbing to some viewers.

Officials at the Saint Paul Public Schools district are investigating videos that appear to show students of Asian descent from Washington Technology Magnet School engaging in brawls against another group of minors.

Hmong Cultural Center vandalized with white supremacist graffiti days after grand opening

Minnesota vandals vandalized Hmong museum

A group of vandals was captured on video spray painting a slogan linked to a white supremacist group onto the storefront of the Hmong Cultural Center Museum in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Whitewashing’: Mark Pfeifer, program director of the cultural center, discovered the vandalism when he came to work on Wednesday morning, according to Twin Cities. He then informed his colleagues through a message that their storefront was “whitewashed” with a “possible white supremacist message.”