***UPDATE BELOW. PLEASE SEND DONG YUN YOON A MESSAGE***
A Korean immigrant who lost his wife, two children and mother-in-law when a Marine Corps jet slammed into the family's house said Tuesday he did not blame the pilot, who ejected and survived.
"Please pray for him not to suffer from this accident," a distraught Dong Yun Yoon told reporters gathered near the site of Monday's crash of an F/A-18D jet in San Diego's University City community.
"He is one of our treasures for the country," Yoon said in accented English punctuated by long pauses while he tried to maintain his composure.
"I don't blame him. I don't have any hard feelings. I know he did everything he could," said Yoon, flanked by members of San Diego's Korean community, relatives and members from the family's church.
Dong Yun Yoon, you are a treasure for the country too.
Yoon named the victims as his infant daughter Rachel, who was born less than two months ago; his 15-month-old daughter Grace; his wife, Young Mi Yoon, 36; and her 60-year-old mother, Suk Im Kim, who he said had come to the United States from Korea recently to help take care of the children.
Fighting back tears, he said of his daughters: "I cannot believe that they are not here right now."
"I know there are many people who have experienced more terrible things," Yoon said. "But, please, tell me how to do it. I don't know what to do."
God Bless this honorable man. Give him strength.
***UPDATE 12-10 3:37 PM CT***
Via Michelle Malkin:
Last night, I blogged about Dong Yun Yoon, the extraordinary American who lost his wife, toddler daughter Rachel, infant daughter Grace, and mother-in-law in the military jet crash in San Diego.
Reader David talked to Yoon’s pastor, who said you can send card and help directly to his church.
Here’s the address:
Dong Yun Yoon
c/o Rev. Kevin Lee
Korean United Methodist Church
3520 Mount Acadia Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111
His faith and patriotism have touched so many of us so deeply. Take a moment to help lift him up.
Michelle also has photos of Yoon's beautiful family. Please remember him in your prayers.