New details in case of 3 dead in St. Paul: Married at 14, wife had fled abuse


The Pioneer Press has new information about a horrific scene at a St. Paul apartment where police found three dead Sunday, as well as new details about the families the killings shattered.

Police say they believe Chue Lor, 31, killed his wife Panhia Yang, who had left him after years of abuse but returned to the apartment to gather belongings and a paycheck, the newspaper reports. Fearing her husband, she brought along her 18-year-old brother Kong Meng Lee for protection, and police suspect Chue Lor killed him, too. A medical examiner ruled they both died due to injuries caused by a sharp object, the Pioneer Press reports.

Chue Lor was also found dead, although the cause has not been released.

Police say Panhia Yang, 27, had also called police just before she went back to the apartment because she wanted an officer escort for protection, the newspaper reports. But police were busy with emergency calls and not immediately available. She called her husband and he assured her it was safe for her to return.

The couple's four children, ages 3 to 9, were in the apartment at the time of the killings, the Pioneer Press reports. They are being cared for by Chue Lor's family, the newspaper reports.

Panhia Yang's sister told the Pioneer Press that her sister had endured years of abuse but hadn't reported it to police because she feared her husband. The couple had married in Hmong traditional wedding when Panhia Yang was just 14, though they weren't legally married.

Next Up

state hockey tournament, mshsl

MSHSL approves 3 calendars to start winter sports as soon as Dec. 21

The start date will depend on whether the state shutdown is lifted.


Drug overdose deaths up 31% in the first half of 2020

Overdose deaths started to increase sharply in March, which coincides with the state-ordered lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic.

los ocampos

Video: Vehicle crashes into St. Paul restaurant

The fire department is on scene addressing a gas leak.

covid-19, coronavirus

Latest county infection rates are sky-high throughout Minnesota

Kandiyohi County is one of the hardest hit counties in the state.

Jenna Fish

Family's warning after teen's tragic death from CO poisoning at Thanksgiving

A 17-year-old girl from Delano died after Thanksgiving due to carbon monoxide poisoning.


More than $12K donated to MN gym owner who refused to close

The small business is located in town in Wabasha County.

radio station, microphone

MPR, The Current launch new weekly segment called 'The Warming House'

The program will feature feel-good entertainment amid the pandemic.

coronavirus, COVID-19 test

Dec. 3 COVID-19 update: 92 deaths marks MN's 2nd-highest total

The deaths continue to surge amid the worst of the pandemic so far.

mohamed amin bayle idd booking photo

2 men charged in connection to fatal shooting at Bloomington apartment complex

Shakur Freed Muhammed, 22, of Hopkins, was fatally shot Monday morning.

Screen Shot 2020-12-03 at 9.11.36 AM

Hewing Hotel finds workaround to shutdown, delivering 7-course meal to rooms

The hotel will convert guest rooms into dining rooms for three-hour reservations.