Murder on the Dance Floor in Downtown L.A.

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Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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A suspect has been arraigned and another is being sought for the murder of Army 1st Lt. Albert Song at downtown L.A. club Icon Ultra Lounge last month, police announced today.

Song, 24, was knocked out and then kicked when he was down after he tried to intervene in a fight on the dance floor early on June 2, according to police and those who knew him:

While acquaintances said he intervened in a fracas, investigators say the beating was "unprovoked." According to an LAPD statement ...

... Song was at the ICON Club, located in the 1200 block of S. Figueroa St. celebrating an event with a group of friends. As they were celebrating on the dance floor, Song was punched and knocked unconscious. Several suspect then kicked the victim repeatedly. The attack appears to be unprovoked.

Police say it happened about 1:54 a.m. The night's event at Icon was billed as "the biggest Asian party in Los Angeles."

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The same day Song was pronounced brain dead, the LAPD says. He was kept on life support until his organs could be donated, according to this tribute page.

Song is a 2011 West Point graduate, according to those who knew him. Cops say he recently completed Army Ranger School and was based in Honolulu.

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Police arrested Hong on July 2, they said. He was charged with suspicion of murder, with bail set at $1 million, according to the department.

Meanwhile an arrest warrant has been issued for a second suspect, Luan Thin Lam, cops say. Details about this wanted man were not released, however.

We reached out to detectives for more info but were unable to get through. In any case, if you have info about the attack or Lam's whereabouts, they'd love to speak to you: 213-972-1203.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow LA Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.

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