Santiago Estates.
Santiago Estates.

Heunae Chang Dies After Being Set on Fire by Son, Phillip Chang, LAPD Says

One of the most horrific crimes of the summer just got the worst news: 59-year-old Heunae Chang, whom cops say was set on fire by her son late last month, has died, the LAPD announced.

The crime happened in a nice community called Santiago Estates in the hills above Sylmar nearly two weekends ago, on Aug. 25, according to the department.

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... the attack was discovered about 4 a.m. in the 12000 block of Via Santa Marta after cops responded to a report of arson.

According to the LAPD:

When they arrived they found the victim suffering from severe burns. Los Angeles Fire Department personnel transported the victim to a local hospital in grave condition ...

Officers arrested 25-year-old Phillip Chang, who lived at the house, on-the-spot, police said. He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and jailed in lieu of $1 million.

LAPD Officer Richard French confirmed to the Weekly that the suspect is the victim's son. He said police will now also likely recommend a charge of murder.

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