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Alhambra murder possibly gang related*

Updated 09.27.13 at 10:20 a.m.:

Officials revealed Thursday in court that a man charged with the murder of an Alhambra resident has ties to an Asian organized crime group. Xia Lin, 25, accused of murdering Qin Jin Fang Sunday night, is tied to an Asian criminal street gang called United Bamboo, Pasadena Star-News reports.

The gang has had a presence in the San Gabriel Valley since the late 1960s and 1970s, with members tied to the 1984 slaying of journalist Henry Liu, according to the Star-News. United Bamboo has since been connected with extortion schemes targeting Asian business owners, drug sales, and prostitution.

Lin's arraignment was delayed until Oct. 31.

Published 09.25.13 at 3:58 p.m.:

A San Gabriel resident was charged Wednesday morning with the murder of Qin Jin Fang, according to Sgt. Jerry Johnson of the Alhambra Police Department. Xia Lin was arrested shortly after allegedly shooting Fang multiple times Sunday on Monterey Street in Alhambra and fleeing in a white Mercedes-Benz. Officers found the suspect vehicle nearby, along with a loaded handgun police suspect was the murder weapon.

Lin will receive additional charges, Johnson said, and is scheduled to appear in court in 2 weeks.

Police also arrested El Monte resident Bei Er Kuang and Alhambra resident Wei Luo in connection with the murder. However, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office released both Wednesday due to insufficient evidence linking them to the incident, according to Johnson.

Published 09.24.13 at 1:52 p.m.:

The Alhambra man shot and killed Sunday has been identified as Qin Jin Fang, 43, according to Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Detectives suspect the murder was part of a possible robbery, said Sgt. Jerry Johnson of the Alhambra Police Department. 

"There are currently no motives at this point and [detectives] are still in the process of speaking with people," Johnson said.

Police arrested and booked one female and two male suspects in connection to the incident: Bei Er Kuang, 24, of El Monte, Xia Lin, 25, of San Gabriel, and Wei Luo, 24, of Alhambra. They are each being held on $1 million bail and will be arraigned Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in Alhambra.

Published 09.23.13 2:05 p.m.:

Neighbors of a man killed Sunday night in the parking garage of his apartment complex say they did not recognize the suspect vehicle on their street, a white Mercedez-Benz found nearby shortly after the crime. Chris Bottcher, who lives across the street, says he was trying to park his car when he saw police cars and learned his neighbor had been murdered. 

"It's pretty scary," Bottcher said. "Normally I feel safe, I go late at night doing laundry. But now I have to think twice about it before I even go outside."

The last reported murder in Alhambra was that of 31-year-old Donglei Shi. Shi's body was found strangled to death near Story Park in April 2010. The Shi family has offered a $200,000 reward for information regarding their daughter's murder, hired a private investigator, and even written letters to President Barack Obama. More than two years later, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has yet to charge a suspect with the crime.

Published 09.23.13 at 10:25 a.m.:

An Alhambra man was murdered Sunday night. Alhambra police received calls Sunday at 10:31 p.m. of shots fired and arrived at North Monterey Street north of Woodward Avenue to find one Asian man shot dead. The victim was in a vehicle parked in a garage and had multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, according to a Monday morning press release from the Alhambra Police Department.

Witnesses reported seeing an adult Asian male fleeing the scene in a white Mercedez-Benz. Officers stopped the car and arrested two Asian men and one Asian woman in connection with the murder. The identity of the victim and the suspects are not being released at this time.   

Anyone with information should contact the Alhambra Police Department at (626) 570-5168 or Sergeant Flannagan at (626) 570-5161.

This story will be updated with more information as we receive it.

CORRECTION: Qin Jin Fang's name was spelled incorrectly in a previous version of this story. We apologize for the error.

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