A 38 year old woman, Eun Kang, was murdered on Tuesday night in her home on the 1600 block of Electric Avenue in Venice. She was pregnant with twins. A 22 year old man, Boneetio Kentro Washington, was caught and charged today with Capital Murder. This is just sickening, and all any of us could talk about all day today.
The stretch of Electric where Ms. Kang lived is all houses on one side, all industrial warehouse stuff on the other. It is also the shortcut I take almost every day as my speedy way to get to Abbot Kinney. It's a one way street there, so I guess I always figure less traffic, faster, just zip home real quick down Electric. I took it home on Tuesday night, in fact, after a little stop at the Grilled Cheese truck (had to try it) in the Brig parking lot. About a half a block from where Eun Kang was brutally raped and stabbed to death, about an hour and a half later. I cannot believe this.
Scary things happen all the time, everywhere, but when one is in your face like this, it makes you pretty shaky. I love to write about the happy goings on in Venice all the time, but the fact remains that idyllic and bohemian as we are, there's also always going to be the dark side. This horrific nightmare appears to be random - they did not seem to know each other. She was carrying groceries inside and the guy followed her in, raped and killed her. And the twin babies inside of her. He was put in a mental hospital just in July, but found mentally competent to go to trial for burglary this past September. This feels like another massive failure of "the system", if you ask me. Everyone I talked to today feels like another massive failure of the system would be to allow this guy to remain alive. I know the death penalty is ultra-controversial and really, a terrible thing in itself, but it feels like it might have been invented for crimes just like this. He's not going to be reformed, he's not safe to be in society, he'll never get out of prison (we hope), so why even bother with a whole trial and all that - the police apparently caught him leaving the scene of the crime, they know he did it. To me, he's done.
I rode past the house today (probably the last time for this shortcut - too much super bad mojo for me there after another super sketchy incident a few years ago) and there were news trucks and all that, as if it's just the latest sensational news story, and not a neighbor and member of a close community. It felt gross, and wrong, to even be riding by. I just really can't even grasp the horror of it all ... but it happened. Right up the street. It could have easily been me, just a short time earlier. Ugh.
All of this can hopefully be a means to be more vigilant, more protective of one another, and more cautious, especially we ladies. I cruise around all the time by myself, and it's just kind of dumb, I guess, these days. We have to have each others' backs, now more than ever.
Rest in Peace, Eun Kang and your two unborn babies. I'm so so sorry this happened, for you and yours, and also for Venice. Everyone is feeling the pain.
Be good to each other, and be safe.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Murder on Electric Avenue
Posted by CJ Gronner at 4:40 PM
Labels: Electric avenue, Eun Kang, murder, venice crime
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Oh how very, very sad and why I pray for your and all of you three and all of your friends daily!!!! Please DO travel in groups always!!!! Love you!! !!!! XOXOReplyDelete
Oh! I just saw this after the email I sent to you chicks. Aweful, aweful, scary, scary, horrible, sickening stuff.ReplyDelete
I firmly don't believe in the death penalty though. Never have. Boneetio Washington made the personal decision - even though it is against the law and he had no right - to take those lives and will live the consequences and the karma. He took it upon himself to decide the fate of another. That's his lot in this lifetime.
We as a society, do not have the right to say if another human being should live or die. NO ONE has the right to decide if another should live or die. No one. Beneetio Washington did not have the right to take that person's life any more than we have the right to take his.
Having said that, I cannot vouch for the fact that, had this been my daughter and this Beneetio was released back into society, that I wouldn't meter out my own retribution. I would have no right to do that either. It would be a personal choice that I make to break the law and suffer the emotional, mental and legal consequences of that immoral act.
But to actually LEGISLATE that... well that's straight up saying that a person or a body or an organization has the right to take into their own hands the choice of life or death for another human being. And we don't, make no mistake.
NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE THE LIFE OF ANOTHER.
My heart goes out to Eun Kang's family. So, so, so terribly tragic. And I admit to being spooked here by myself in my little bungalow in Venice at 12:30am at night...
Yes~let's have eachothers backs~When Goddess Shakti's in town, I am only to happy to escort you home~my Venice crew!! Protection bubble around Venice PLEASE~GREAT SPIRIT...make it Cotton Candy Pink, while your at it! Be safe my loved bohemians, my life is brighter because your in it!~SHINE ON BROTHERS AND SISTERS~SHINE ON!!!ReplyDelete