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Korean Pastor Shot and Killed by Wife in Atlanta

Posted: Jul 24, 2012

A Korean pastor in his 60s was shot and killed by his wife last weekend while the two were in their Atlanta home, reports the Korean-language Korea Daily.

Young-geun Jeong, 64, served as the pastor for a local Korean church and was also the founder and dean of Faith Bible School in Atlanta. His wife, Hanna Jeong, 63, is being held without bail in connection with the shooting.

According to Gwinnett County police, an emergency ambulance arrived at the Jeong home on July 21 in response to reports of a heart attack. Paramedics later found a gunshot wound to the back of the victim’s head and immediately reported it to the police, who say they are still trying to uncover a motive.

The incident is the latest in a series of violent shootings involving Atlanta’s Korean community. In February, five Koreans were killed when a gunman entered a local sauna targeting relatives. In April, a Korean man was shot by his spouse after she discovered he was involved with another woman.

Chang-hyun Sohn from the Consulate General of Korea in Atlanta said that while both the suspect and the victim are naturalized American citizens, his office would “do our best to protect Korean Americans regardless of citizenship.”

The shooting also comes in the wake of the tragedy at Aurora, Colorado where alleged gunman James Holmes entered a crowded theater, killing 13 people. That event has triggered renewed calls for tighter gun control laws.

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