Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Unfortunate Juxtaposition

I'm still shocked over this week's tragic story about the man who stuck his kids in the backseat of an SUV and then set it on fire. The man survived -- but his two children were found dead in the backseat. Beyond horrifying.

Apparently the guy just snapped:

Dae Kwon Yun packed his two children into his sport utility vehicle Sunday, the life he had worked so hard to build had all but collapsed.

The family's once thriving T-shirt and tank top manufacturing business in the downtown Los Angeles garment district was failing, so much so that he went around to fellow merchants asking for loans to pay the rent.

Yun, 54, closed the business about two weeks ago. He and his family once lived in a house in Hancock Park but moved to Monterey Park after experiencing financial problems.

He was arrested in 2004 on suspicion of hitting his wife, Sun Ok Ma, who filed for divorce last week.

He complained to friends about the high cost of having one of his children in a Wilshire Boulevard private school. He remarked about how stressful it was for him to keep up with the wealthy parents at the school.

He's not yet speaking, but will be charged with homicide once he recovers.

Meanwhile, in an unfortunate coincidence, today's story on the L.A. Times website surrounds a AAA advertisement -- depicting two kids sitting in the back of an SUV. Yikes.

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