The 4th St family was dealt a harsh and tragic blow this past week, and now as any good family does they are banding together to support their own. This press release was just released by the business district asking for YOUR HELP. PLEASE READ and help in anyway you can. Even just helping to spread the word can help more then you might realize. In TheMan's blog this week on Long Beach's Season of Nonviolence, we talked about what it takes to get you involved and what it actually means to be involved. Well, here's one way for you to raise your voice against this kind of senseless violence.
4th Street Offers Arrest Reward of Store Clerk Murder Suspects & Establishes Fund to Raise Money for Victim’s Family
Business District Offers $1000 Reward To LBPD & Sets Up Chip-In Fund To Raise Funds For Family of Sor Phouam
The community is still reeling from the news of the botched robbery and senseless murder of clerk Sor Phouam at the P&B Liquor store on 4th & Cherry this past Saturday evening, January 22nd. Phouam, a Long Beach resident, had worked at the location for about ten years. After lengthy discussions and wanting to do something meaningful for the family and the neighborhood, the 4th Street Business Improvement District has decided to offer a reward of $1,000 as an incentive for information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspects still at large. Additionally, the BID has established a Chip-In fund to raise funds from individual businesses and the community for the victim’s family.
“Our board of directors would like to honor the life of Phouam and to help his family in what must be a horrific time,” said BID president, Kerstin Kansteiner. “Collectively, we decided that the best thing we could do as business district was to aid in the capture and conviction of these heinous killers, and to help raise money to give to the family. We hope that with our reward donation, we can help entice anyone with information to come forward. And, with the established Chip-In fund, we can help raise money to help Phouam’s family.”
Anyone interested in contributing to the “Sor Phouam Fund” can do so here: http://4thstreetlongbeach.chipin.com/sor-phouam-memorial-fund
Police are only describing the two suspects as Hispanic males wearing dark clothing. The weapon used at the scene was some type of handgun. Other details are being withheld as investigators continue to examine the incident in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. Anyone who may have any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Department’s Homicide Detectives Todd Johnson or David Rios at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips can also be sent via text or email atwww.longbeach.gov/police.