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Police: Man strangled wife, daughter

The retired Army lieutenant colonel who was charged with murder in the deaths of his wife and daughter in Lorton Monday told a minister that he had strangled them, according to a search warrant affidavit filed Tuesday in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Kenston K. Yi, 49, lived with his wife, Hyon C. Yi, 47, and daughter Joy J. Yi, 15, in an apartment on Cardinal Forest Lane, just off Lorton Road. Sometime after 8 a.m. Monday, Yi walked into the emergency room at DeWitt Army Community Hospital, on the Fort Belvoir Army base, and "told a doctor that he had taken Ambien and he wanted to hurt himself," according to the affidavit written by Fairfax homicide Detective Robert A. Bond.

Yi then asked to speak to a pastor, Bond wrote. When he did, Yi "advised the pastor that he strangled his wife and daughter," the affidavit states.

Police went to the apartment and found the front door closed but unlocked. Inside, they found the bodies of Hyon and Joy Yi. "The bodies appeared to have blunt force trauma to them," Bond wrote.

Autopsies were being performed Tuesday morning on both victims, and no cause of death was immediately available.

Kenston Yi retired from the Army as a lieutentant colonel last August after 30 years of active duty, during which he also attended and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He worked largely in information technology positions, Army records show. More recently, he worked on the staff of the Chief Information Officer for the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Army officials said.

Yi did not attend his arraignment Tuesday morning, Fairfax prosecutors said, because he expressed suicidal thoughts and was moved to a hospital. He was assigned a public defender to represent him by Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Teena Grodner. The case is being heard in domestic relations court because the victims are family members.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  June 15, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
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God bless Joy and Hyon's souls...

Posted by: terptek | June 15, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Our military is really just a group of lab animals for the Defense Department. They come home and suffer. Some of them are better at hiding it and coping, but most of them are not. Shame on our country for phony, stupid wars that turn our young men and women into this.

Posted by: FiatBooks | June 15, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Let's not blame the Army just yet. He worked in Information Systems. Hardly the same stressors as a Combat Arms troop goes through.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 15, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

30 years, he was 'institutionalized' by now. Possible that retirement left him rudderless...kinda like that old man in 'Shawshank' that didn't want to leave prison because that's all he knew.

You wish that folks would not resort to killing others and just seek the help. He could have very well walked into the E-Room without harming them at all. Or, if you just have to harm SOMEONE, do yourself. Very sad

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 15, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

West Point grad, 30 years service and couldn't make "full bird" (Colonel)? There must have been something simmering all along beneath the surface. Maybe they attributed it to his personality or eccentricities.

Posted by: jabreal00 | June 15, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

i agree with you jabreal00. I can't imagine an Army officer who graduates from west point not making 3 or 4 stars after doing 30 years. Most of them make Colonel at 20. It must have been something that was seen and not reported.

At least he didn't take it out on the troops like the idiot from Ft. Hood did.

I feel sorry for the two lives he did take. Sad!!!!!

Posted by: bakerva | June 15, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

jabreal00 and bakerva

You need to take the time and think before you post. Do a bit of research before you make yourself look stupid.
1. Yi was prior enlisted. That is why he had 30 years as a LTC.
2. Being a West Pointer gives you absolutley no advantage in making rank in the Army.
3. Most officers get promoted to COL at 22 years. Only a very very small percent make COL at 20 or less years.

Posted by: UseYourBrain- | June 15, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I went to school with Joy Yi at South County... She was my best friend. She was the nicest person I knew at school, all she did was come home. She didn't deserve this. I can't believe this happened to her and her mother. God bless them and pray they rest in peace.. You're God's Joy now. It's still very hard for me to take it all in, that she's gone. I pray for Kenston Yi, he is a very troubled man inside..

Posted by: foreveryoungx3 | June 15, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

foreveryoungx3 - I'm sorry for your loss and I am sure that Joy had a great treasure in you as her friend. I also mourn for the loss of Mrs. Yi - I only met her once but I know she was very nice. My prayers are with Joy and Hyun...

Posted by: maddenk1 | June 16, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Hannah and Joy were such a pleasure to be with. It is with heavy hearts that we mourn their unexpected and violent loss of life. I pray for them and for Kenston, as this was not the man anyone thought they knew.

Posted by: Peonies14 | June 16, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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