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Family mourns brother slain in drive-by shooting

Yia Yang set fire to delicate shreds of paper on Tuesday night, a Shaman religious mourning ritual at the homemade shrine placed on the spot where his younger brother was killed over the weekend.

"I have no clue why this happened — he was just a good kid," Yia Yang said of his little brother.

Teng Yang, 20, was gunned down around 10 p.m. Sunday, during a family Super Bowl party outside Yang's home in the 5800 block of Poplar Avenue.

Teng Yang's brother Tou Yang, 24, and his sister, Xong Yang, 19, were also shot, as well as family friend Yang Vue, 27, family members said.

Xong Yang was listed in fair condition Tuesday night at UC Davis Medical Center. Vue was treated and released from Rideout Memorial Hospital. There was no word on Tou Yang's condition at Sutter Memorial Hospital.

Their injuries are not life-threatening, authorities said.

Investigators suspect street-gang involvement, Yuba County Undersheriff Jerry Read said.

Yang's family doesn't know what to believe.

"He wasn't involved in any gangs," Yia Yang said. "He's never been arrested for anything. He's a good person."

Lee Yang, Teng's oldest brother, said Teng had no enemies.

"I think he's just in the wrong place at the wrong time," Lee Yang speculated.

During the family's Super Bowl barbecue, unidentified men pulled up in a car to their home, opened fire and sprayed the crowd with at least a dozen bullets, family members said.

Citing the investigation, the Sheriff's Department declined to comment on the number of shots fired or the type of weapon used in the attack.

Family members described the car as dark-colored, possibly black, and said it sped away south on Poplar Avenue.

Teng Yang was shot several times, including at least once through his chest. He died near his family's smoldering barbecue.

A 3-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl were also outside, but not injured, Yia Yang said.

Teng Yang, who was better known as "Johnnie," was described by his brothers as kind young man who loved computers, building and fixing car engines and making his nieces and nephews laugh.

"My little daughter, she's 1, when she cries, (Teng Yang) always makes a funny face and she laughs," said Lee Yang.

Teng Yang was the second youngest of eight brothers and sisters. A total of 17 family members live in two Poplar Avenue apartments.

The family is trying to raise money for a funeral and for their other siblings' medical expenses.

"Things are just hard now. Everybody is down, really stressed," Yia Yang said. "We're hurting money-wise, too."

On Tuesday night, the Yang brothers were still working on the details of a fundraising car wash they hope to schedule for Saturday.

Yia Yang also asked for the community's help identifying his brother's killer or killers.

"If you know something," Yia Yang said, "please let the sheriff know."

CONTACT Rob Parsons at rparsons@appealdemocrat.com or 749-4785.


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