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Father of nine shot while hunting, missing gun and backpack

CLINTON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) - Bath Township Police continue to investigate the death of 68-year-old Chong Yang after he was shot and killed while hunting in Clinton County.

Police say when they found Chong Yang shot and killed in the woods two weeks ago, his gun and backpack were missing.

Now Yang's family is asking for justice in hopes of finding answers not just for themselves, but for the entire hunting community.

“I honestly don't believe that the average hunter that hunts, if they found somebody injured would leave them there or take their stuff as a crime of opportunity,” said Joseph Yang, the spokesperson and attorney for the Yang family.

Joseph Yang says what happened to his cousin Chong Yang is a tragedy.

“They see his body again for the first time laying there and the community comes to see that, it will kind of reopen those wounds and the tragedy will happen all over again,” said Joseph Yang.

Chong Yang was shot and killed while hunting in Clinton County two weeks ago and when police officers found him his gun and backpack were missing.

Police say they have no suspects in the shooting.

“There are a lot of questions that are unanswered for hunters. Is it safe to be out there? Is somebody out there who is doing this? Was he targeted?,” said Joseph Yang.

Now Yang's family is stepping up to help solve the crime. They started a GoFundMe and whatever money they raise will be given as a reward to anyone who has information that leads to an arrest.

So far, they've raised more than 7,000 dollars.

“We felt like we had to do something instead of just sitting on our hands, sitting idle, we needed to be proactive,” said Joseph Yang.

As the family seeks closure and hopes that someone comes forward, Joseph Yang says they're not going to stop until they find answers.

“We need that closure, the family needs the closure, the nine children, the fifteen grandchildren, they need to know what happened to their dad and their grandfather,” said Joseph Yang.

If you have any information about the crime, police and the family ask that you call CrimeStoppers at (517) 483-STOP. Remember, you don’t have to leave your name.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Police say a gun and backpack were apparently taken from a man who was shot and killed earlier this month while hunting deer in mid-Michigan.

Bath Township Police said they have no suspects in the shooting and are asking for the publics help for the names of individuals who hunted in the state game area north of Clark Road on November 16th. If you or anyone you know was in the area at that time please contact the Clinton County Central Dispatch at 989-224-6792.

Bath Township Police have been working with Clinton County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the victim’s family. Anyone who may have trail cameras in that location is encouraged to contact Detective Miller

Police say Yang was deer hunting on state-owned property where hunting is permitted when he was shot. He was wearing hunter's orange clothing at the time.

Yang leaves behind his wife, four daughters, five sons, three daughter in laws, two son in laws, eight grandsons, and six granddaughters.


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