Mourning family members of one of two jewelry store employees who were savagely slain this month called upon the alleged killer to face them and explain his motive.
Barry White Jr., 23, of Antioch is accused of slicing one of his victims from ear to ear, nearly decapitating another and shooting store owner Vic Hung, who survived the July 12 incident at 888 Brannan St. in South of Market — which prosecutors have said was over a dispute involving less than $300.
Loved ones of Lina Lim, 51, of Daly City, who died after being both shot and stabbed, called the killings "beyond human" and cannot fathom why anyone would resort to such savagery.
"We want him to face the families ... to explain this to us," Lim's cousin Ken Cui said during a news conference outside the Hall of Justice on Wednesday before White's scheduled arraignment.
White was expected to enter a plea Wednesday, but the public defender he was assigned Wednesday said he needed more time to review the case.
The families of Lim and her slain colleague, 35-year-old Khin Min of San Francisco, said they had never met or heard of White before the killings at Victoga Inc., a jewelry store inside the GiftCenter & JewelryMart.
They both enjoyed their jobs and there had been no indication of a long-running dispute with White, the families said.
"[Lim] was never angry with anybody," said her uncle Jim Chiu.
White reportedly went to Victoga the afternoon of the killings because he felt he had overpaid for jewelry and wanted to be reimbursed less than $300. At one point, White asked Hung for change to feed his parking meter, and even though Hung reportedly gave it to him White allegedly returned with a gun and knife and waited for other customers to leave before the attack.
White allegedly also fired at responding officers before he was detained.
A fully loaded AK-47 was found in his car, which was parked nearby, police have said.