Chol Soo Lee, a Korean immigrant who was at the center of a pan-Asian social justice campaign from the 1970s through ‘80s, passed away Dec. 1 in San Francisco. He was 62.

Born Aug. 15, 1952, Lee was arrested and sent to prison in 1973 for a Chinatown gang murder he did not commit. He was later sent to death row after killing a member of the Aryan Brotherhood during a prison yard fight in 1977. Asian Americans and Koreans from abroad rallied to protest the convictions and Lee was eventually freed in 1983.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Yeo Lai Sah Buddhist Monastery, 200 San Bruno Ave. West, San Bruno, Calif.

 

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