(USNewsBreak.com) – People travel across the world in pursuit of religious experiences all the time. Sometimes, however, these journeys can go horribly wrong. Police in Gwinett County, Georgia, have arrested six people in connection with the death of a woman who traveled from South Korea to Atlanta to become a member of a religious organization.
On Thursday, September 14, Gwinnett County Police issued a news release detailing the arrests of six people who say they belong to “Soldiers of Christ.” Authorities charged the perpetrators, Eric Hyun (26), Hyunji Lee (25), Gawom Lee (26), Juoonhyum Lee (22), Joonho Lee (26), and Junyeoug Lee (15), with false imprisonment, felony murder, concealing the death of another, and tampering with evidence in the death of a woman whose identity they have not disclosed. Officials are holding the suspects without bail.
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One of Eric Hyun’s relatives discovered the woman’s body on September 12, after Hyun asked the family member to take him to the hospital and later to retrieve an item from his vehicle. The relative made the horrifying discovery of the body in the trunk and alerted authorities. The woman, estimated to be in her 20s or 30s, was severely emaciated, weighing only 70 pounds at the time of her death, leading police to believe perpetrators starved her. Investigators also found signs that someone had beaten the woman.
Gwinnett County Police revealed that the victim had moved to the area over the summer to join “Soldiers of Christ” but became subject to inhumane treatment instead. The abuse reportedly occurred in the basement of one of the suspect’s homes. Several of those involved are siblings.
The investigation into the woman’s death is ongoing, and police announced that they had secured criminal street gang warrants against all of the alleged perpetrators.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. They can also submit anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers, 404-577-8477.
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