Riverdale man killed on West 232nd Street at Cambridge Avenue


Hwang Yang, a 26-year-old Riverdale resident, was fatally shot on West 232nd Street just after midnight Thursday morning, as he was returning to his Johnson Avenue home from his job as a chef at The Modern restaurant in Manhattan, police and sources said.

Mr. Yang, who lived with his family at 3261 Johnson Ave., was walking up the hill from the No. 1 train when police said a thief targeted him for his iPhone. They said a struggle ensued between Riverdale and Cambridge avenues, at around 12:30 a.m. Witnesses however, said they heard a single gunshot but no commotion.

Police are still investigating and have not made any arrests. On Friday morning, a resident called police after a small gold-colored bullet shell was found on the sidewalk about 40 feet downhill from the spot where Mr. Yang was shot. 

The bullet was fired from a .380 caliber pistol cartridge, police said. It is not clear if it could be traced to a specific gun.

Ji Park, a friend of the victim's family, said Mr. Yang came from Seoul, South Korea and got his Green Card about two years ago. Speaking to the press inside Aladdin Cleaners, at 3258 Johsnon Ave. where Mr. Yang’s uncle works, she said Mr. Yang attended culinary school in Manhattan before becoming a chef and was known as hardworking and self-reliant.

Mr. Yang's cousin, Peter Han, described the young cook as a "good kid" who worked hard to hone his craft.

"He wanted to go back out to Korea and be a chef out there," Mr. Han said. He added that Mr. Yang, a graduate of the David A. Stein Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy, usually got driven home from the No. 1 train station by his parents, who worried that the walk up West 232nd Street might be unsafe.

Jooeun Suh, a friend of Mr. Yang's who placed flowers on the block where he died, said she remembered her high school friend being popular and affable.

"He has a lot of friends, he’s talkative ... in high school he was quiet, but among Korean friends he was really popular. Most girls and most guys in [Riverdale's] Korean community know him.”

Minutes after Mr. Yang's grieving family arrived at his home, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale Rabbi Avi Weiss, came to console Mr. Yang's parents and siblings.

"Such grief," he said. "We are right down the block so we are one family ... God should be with them.”

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We are praying for the family of Mr. Yang and are all horrified by this ruthless act of violence. A flower and candle memorial is growing at the site of the murder. Can the community be notified of the funeral services so that we can attend?

It is time for the community to demand that the two empty lots adjacent to Ewen Park be cleaned up and that lighting be installed.

Local resident,

Jean Porterfield and Family

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Memorial Service of Mr. Yang will be tomorrow Satrurday 8 PM

John J Fox 203 E. 201st Bronx NY 10458

Friday, April 20, 2012

Memorial Service update

8:30pm Saturday 4/21/2012 CHURCH OF ST. JOHN NAM

3663 White Plains Rd Bronx, NY 10467

Friday, April 20, 2012

We are all stunned by the horror of this crime and the pain it has caused for the family.

Please post if there is anything that we can do as a community or individually to help the grieving family. (Donations, Flowers ...)

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Yang family.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Please be informed that the public is welcome and encouraged to attend Hwang Yang's memorial service on Saturday, April 21st, at 8:30pm. Service will be held at:

the Church of St. John Nam

3663 White Plains Rd

Bronx, NY10467

(718) 231-2414

A funeral mass will be held at the same location (Church of St. John Nam), on Monday, April 23rd, at 10am. The Yang family would appreciate the public's support and attendance.

It would be much appreciated if this service notification were widely circulated among community residents.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Just who where these cops that showed up to investigate this crime ? And are they still working ? after reading this story i am somewhat concerned of the lack of training that the 50 pct has.I also believe that the 50 commander turn this case over to better train officers even if he has to give it to another pct so that this case will be really investigated and bring to a fast conclusion.How would the police miss something at the crime as basic as a bullet casing?what else did they miss?Are you kidding they had to be called back Friday because the people found the bullet case really ? these police need to be pulled from this case, this is just terrible !

Saturday, April 21, 2012


the cops are doing a great job. i saw them in action friday and was impressed by their diligence. some information they can't make public due to active investigation and suspect at large. call the pct and speak to community officer if you have questions.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I don't know about a great job When a resident had to call them back on Friday who found the bullet casing 40 feet away from the shooting

Saturday, April 21, 2012