A 22-year-old couple and their 5-year-old daughter were shot dead during a Mother’s Day celebration. Four years later, the police are still searching for clues.
STOCKTON, CA – For the Stockton family, Mother’s Day hasn’t been the same since the triple shooting four years ago that claimed the lives of Jo Laure, 22, his wife Jenna Cheung, 22, and their 5-year-old daughter Kaelen Laure.
“Since this happened on Mother’s Day, we no longer see Mother’s Day as it is now,” said Zhang, Jo Lor’s brother. “We’ve been grieving for a long time.”
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On May 13, 2018, bullets penetrated an apartment near Bellevue and 11th Streets in the Sierra Vista neighborhood of Stockton. Inside the apartment, Jo Laure, his wife Jenna Xiong and their 5-year-old daughter Kaelen gathered in their family’s living room to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Police pronounced him dead at the scene and Gina and Kaelen were taken to an area hospital where they later died, police said. The other two victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries. As the sirens sounded as first responders rushed to the scene, words began to spread, including to family members of the victims.
“Mom comes in, you know, it’s all frantic, saying that, you know, something happened at the husband’s house and we have to go because they mentioned that Joe and his wife and his child and his family…something,” Zhang said.
When Chang and his family arrived in the South Stockton neighborhood, the police bar was blocked, and no one was able to get to the apartment but could tell that something tragic had happened.
Days later, a large vigil emerged just feet from where the family gathering had turned into a massacre. Absent from the vigil was the answers to what happened on May 13 and why.
“I feel like I kind of failed my brother because even trying to do my best, I can’t,” Zhang said. “I don’t seem to have any leads or information. You know, the investigators and they give us this, and they hit a dead end.”
As the grieving family continues to search for answers and justice, they have taken matters into their own hands and distributed flyers throughout the neighborhood. They also announced a $30,000 bounty, never giving up hope of catching the killers.
At Zhang’s house, his brother’s car is still parked in the driveway. It’s a reminder to Chang how his brother’s dreams will never come true.
“It was all worth it,” Zhang said. “I just don’t want this to happen to anyone, any other family.”
Feelings of sadness, anger, and hope come and collide often. Chang, who started a nonprofit in his brother’s name in hopes of sparking new leads on the case, hopes no one else will feel his pain.
“You know, we really want justice,” Zhang said. “We want to know why. We want to know. We want some closure. And we want to know if these guys, you know, are still out there hurting people or not.”
Four years later, the crime remains unsolved, and while family members share an important message to never lose hope, they say patience hurts.
“For some families, four years is not long. But to us, it seems like an eternity,” Zhang said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Stockton Police Department at 209-937-8377 or contact Stockton Crime Stoppers where guides can remain anonymous and receive a $30,000 reward.
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