The victim


UPDATED 11-29-07 10:43 a.m.

Homicide victim Jason Wei is show here. Wei was shot to death at his restaurant, Osaka Ya, in Arcadia Sunday night. Police have released video and still images of his suspected killer, but apparently have made no arrests.

Wei was a popular sushi chef at the restaurant and several customers have recalled him fondly.

Police are examining several possibilities in the killing, including the possibility he was killed by some arm of the Chinese Mafia.

As of Tuesday evening, police said they aren’t ruling out a botched robbery as the cause of Wei’s death.

4:07 p.m. UPDATE

A foundation has been set up in Jason Weis name at the Arcadia branch of the TomatoBank, at 1317 S. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia.
Make checks payable to the Jason Wei Foundation.
Wei was working behind the sushi bar around 9:20 p.m. when the gunman entered the Arcadia restaurant, located in the Vons Pavilion Shopping Center.
We just want to help the victims family. I think that is all we can do, said branch manager Helen Wu.
For more information, call the bank at (626) 802-6222.


Note I changed the address of the bank after receiving a reader comment about the information. Thanks for the heads up.


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  • Chuck Halley

    For donations to the Wei Foundation, a correction on the street address of Tomato Bank, in Arcadia:

    Tomato Bank
    1317 S. Baldwin Ave.
    Arcadia, CA 91007

    (626) 802-6222