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July 31, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Man charged with 2nd degree murder in cold case

A state prison inmate serving time for burglary and robbery was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder for fatally shooting a 23-year-old man in New Holly more than a decade ago.

San Saeyang is accused of fatally shooting Boumma Khammanivong outside his New Holly apartment on Feb. 22, 2003, according to the Seattle Police Department. Khammanivong’s death remained unsolved until last year, when Seattle detectives took up the case during a review of unsolved crimes.

Khammanivong and a friend, both members of the Tiny Raskal Gangsters gang, were listening to music in a van near an apartment complex in the 3800 block of South Willow Street, when three masked men walked up to the van, police said. One of the men, who police identified as Saeyang, opened fire and struck Khammanivong in the head and chest. Khammanivong was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police learned later that Saeyang, who went by the moniker “Savage” and was a member of rival gang the Youth Oriental Troop, had been in a fight with members of the Tiny Raskal Gangsters, according to the police department.

Detectives had difficulties moving forward with the case, and getting witnesses to cooperate, police said. A decade later, detectives reviewed the case file and contacted anyone who might have had information. Saeyang spoke with a detective at the Monroe Correctional Center on May 16 and said he shot Kahmmanivong, according to police.

Saeyang is serving a sentence through 2018 for burglary and robbery charges, police said. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged him in connection with Khammanivong’s murder on Wednesday.

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