Thien Minh Ly Case

1996

Thien Minh Ly case: Ly, a 24-year-old Vietnamese American, is the victim of a vicious hate crime. While rollerblading in his hometown of Tustin, he is kicked, stomped on, and stabbed more than a dozen times by two white supremacists, who are found with neo-Nazi paraphernalia. The District Attorney initially dismisses race as a motivation for the killing. APALC, along with the Ly family, successfully pushes for a hate crime charge and the investigation leads police to a letter written by one of the perpetrators boasting that he “killed a Jap.” APALC assists the family during the criminal trial and in speaking out publicly. The white supremacists are convicted of first-degree murder.

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