Sophy Soeung and Sam Nhang Nhem came to the United States as Cambodian American political refugees when Khmer Rouge murdered and oppressed millions of people. However, in 1993, a group of men approached Soeung and Nhem near their apartment that shouted, “I am going to knock that gook out” and taunted them as “gooks” before beating both of them. They knocked Nhem down and kicked his head repeatedly- he died 2 days later at the hospital, leaving his fiancé and 1-month-old son. At the trial, one of the assailants confessed that they only attacked them because they were Cambodian. He was sentenced to life in prison and charged with second-degree murder. Two others were charged with Soeung’s beating.