Family of hunter killed asks public for help

Published: Nov. 21, 2018 at 5:17 PM EST
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Police are releasing new information in the death of Chong Moua Yang as the family looks for answers.

Bath Township Police told News 10 that they have not found some items Yang's family believed he was carrying when he left to go hunting on Friday. They're calling his death suspicious.

Yang's family on Wednesday asked for help finding the shooter.

"It has been five days since the incident and it seems that there are more questions than answers," said Joseph Yang, attorney and spokesman for the family.

The Yang family gathered Wednesday at the Capitol to give their perspective about their relative's sudden death. Joseph Yang, who also is a cousin of the family, pleaded through tears, asking for any information about Chong Moua Yang's death.

"Please help the Yang family understand what happened that night so they can have some closure," he said in a prepared statement.

The Yangs say they aren't making assumptions about his death, but are hoping someone will come forward.

"Police didn't indicate anything like that. They have a team of people that are working on creating a profile, I guess. But, like I said, right now we are still holding on to the indication that it was a hunting accident and we hope that somebody will step forward and give that information."

On their coats, the Yang family wore orange ribbons to promote hunter safety and to honor Chong Moua Yang, who they describe as quiet, kind and hardworking. They said the next step is to plan a traditional Hmong funeral while looking for answers.

"The Hmong community is a small, close-knit community. When there is an event or one person is injured or dies like this, it affects the whole community," Joseph Yang said.

The family says an autopsy has been performed on Chong Moua Yang. They're still waiting to hear results.

While police called the death suspicious, it's still being treated as a hunting accident for now. Police also want to talk with any hunters who were near the Rose Lake game area on Friday night.