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Man arrested for murder of Asian community leader

Police in Ft. Worth, Texas Wednesday arrested a local man for the murder of a leader in the Asian community.

The Dallas News reports authorities believe Markynn West, 28, shot and killed Chin “Jin” Shin after an argument that broke out following a minor traffic accident.

It happened on August 15 near South University Drive and the Interstate 30 westbound entrance ramp. Fox4 reports that a verbal argument became physical and that police say West shot Shin.

According to WFAA, the crash involved Shin’s Jeep and a sedan carrying a driver and two passengers. An affidavit obtained by the station indicates as the three people spoke with Shin, another vehicle arrived and appeared to box in the Jeep. Two people got out of that car including West. Several more vehicles would also arrive and soon there were eight people around Shin.

One of them punched Shin in the head and another pursued the victim as he tried to get back into the Jeep. Shin then moved away and had a handgun in his hand.

The affidavit indicates West then opened his trunk and pulled out a handgun while Shin walked back towards the vehicles with a handgun pointed down. West then allegedly fired several shots at Shin and fired several more times as Shin ran around to the other side of the vehical.

Shin owned Encore Family Karaoke and co-owned a Korean restaurant and bar.

Peng Dang described Shin as “very positive about the future.”

“He was just starting to see the impact — that Korean culture is making waves in America and right here in Dallas,” Dang said. “And he was very proud of it, because he had been working on it for a long time.”

“We want justice,” friend Nikki Senephoumy said. “I miss being able to talk to him. I could call him in the daytime, night time, early morning, he’s always available to help.”  

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