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Bao Yang, a single mother with two sons, 21 and 11, worked several jobs to support her children while going to school to become a licensed registered nurse. She tried to get away from her abusive ex-boyfriend many times, but couldn’t because he was relentless and the police did not accurately monitor him. Yang called the police more than 15 times on her ex-boyfriend who was a level-three registered sex offender and had multiple conflicts with law enforcement.

In 2019, the ex, Doua Por Lao, 39, was arrested and accused of raping Yang and shaving her head, but she later dropped the charges out of fear of Lao. In February 2021, she filed a petition for an order of protection for her family because Lao had allegedly sent naked pictures of her to her ex-husband, with whom she was enmeshed in a custody battle, and had made numerous threats of sextortion and harm. Yang was “scared of what he would do” because he said he “would not stop and is not afraid of authorities”. Lao was then arrested on suspicion of felony criminal sexual conduct and felony non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images.

On March 1, he was released on $10,000 bail and continued to harass her. Less than three weeks later, he went to her house.

March 20, 2021, Yang was murdered by her ex who killed himself afterward. Police responded to a call about the shooting and found Yang and Lao in the front yard suffering from gunshot wounds. A shotgun and a handgun were found on the scene. Lao was pronounced dead at the scene. Yang was rushed to a local hospital where she later died.

Yang’s oldest son set up a GoFundMe for help with funeral expenses. As police continue to investigate, Yang’s family and friends continue to mourn her loss.

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