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Lester Wayne VIRGIL





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: October 29, 1992
Date of birth: 1974
Victim profile: Soy Song Lao, 22 (female store clerk)
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on June 29, 1995

Sentenced: June 29, 1995, age 30

Residence: Los Angeles

Crimes: Murder, robbery

Date of crimes: Oct. 29, 1992

Location: Donut Inn at El Segundo Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue, Gardena

Victim: Soy Song Lao, 22

Facts: Sitting quietly at a table, Virgil waited until the young Cambodian immigrant was alone as she worked in doughnut shop.

He grabbed her, dragged her into a bathroom at knife-point, gagged her, tied her up with two aprons and a small hand towel, hacked her with a knife 30 times, and walked away.

Although customers stood at the counter, he calmly collected $12 from the cash register and ran.

Described in court as a "vicious, savage animal," Virgil days later stabbed a motel maid 20 times in the course of a robbery and attempted rape in Los Angeles; however, she survived.

Lao, who had escaped her country's "killing fields," worked at the doughnut shop while attending USC.

Deputy District Attorney Marc Chomel said Virgil took the life of a "young bright light that showed a lot of promise."


Lester Wayne Virgil



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