FRESNO, Calif. — At least two of the victims shot Sunday night in southeast Fresno were identified as famous Hmong singers, including Xyy Lee, who died, according to Hmong Talk, an online news source.
Four men were killed and six others wounded late Sunday when unidentified gunmen sneaked into the backyard of a southeast Fresno home and opened fire at the dozens of friends and family attending a football watch party. No arrests have been reported and police have declined to comment on any suspect information.
During a Fresno Police Department news conference Monday, The Fresno Center CEO Pao Yang confirmed that two of the victims were well-known singers, and one of them died at the hospital. Yang said the two performers sang every year at Hmong New Year celebrations and at least one of the singers often went to The Fresno Center to perform for mental health clients.
“These are people who are near and dear to us. I don’t see any gang affiliation to these folks,” he said. “I am very disturbed. Community elders are calling The Fresno Center for assistance. … We thank everyone for their support.”
Yang declined to provide the names of the victims.
“We have received confirmation from his family member that Xyy Lee, the famous Hmong singer was indeed one of the victim that was shot and killed at the family gathering,” Hmong Talk reported. “This is truly a heart breaking time for everyone involved. Thank you for all the beautiful music that you have have created. You will truly be miss! RIP!” the group said in a social media post.
The group also identified the second victim as JN Vang.
“The singer JN Vang was also confirmed to be one of the victim that was shot at the gathering! Fortunately he is currently undergoing surgery right now! Hoping and praying for a fast recovery!”
The Fresno County coroner’s office on Monday confirmed investigators have identified the four victims shot to death but said they were withholding their names until their families were notified. Spokesperson Tony Botti said the victims ranged in age from 23 to 40.