Man found slain in Fairfax Station home was owner of carwashes

By Tom Jackman
Saturday, October 9, 2010; B3

A Fairfax County business owner was identified Friday as the man found slain in his home in the Fairfax Station area Thursday afternoon, and police said they have no obvious leads or suspects.

Yong S. Yun, 61, lived in a spacious house on Ladues End Court overlooking the Fairfax County Parkway. That was where his wife found him shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday. His car, a gold 2002 Lexus 470 sport-utility vehicle, was gone and has not been found.

Police declined to say how Yun died, other than "trauma to the upper body." An autopsy Friday determined the death was a homicide, but police did not want to release the cause of death because it would be known only to the killer.

Yun was last seen during the day Thursday, officer Tawny Wright said. She declined to say when police think Yun was killed or whether anything other than his vehicle was taken.

This is the second time this year that there has been a slaying inside an upscale Fairfax residence and no suspect has been identified. In May, Jose Rosales was shot and killed by home invaders at a secluded mansion in Centreville.

Yun owned the Dr. Wash carwash franchise on Route 50 in Chantilly and also owned a second carwash outside Atlanta, neighbors said, where records show he owned a second home. He lived with his wife and they have one adult son, neighbors said.

"He was very nice," said one neighbor, Khushhal Singla, who sometimes saw Yun and his wife walking their dog. "I met him a few times. He was very jovial."

The Yuns purchased the 4,200-square-foot house for $1 million when it was built in 2003, county records show. Homes in the small neighborhood sit on wooded, five-acre lots. The Yuns' house was the closest to the busy highway.

"He was a very nice man, a very sweet guy," said attorney Gregory D. Haight, who represented the Yuns in a civil forfeiture case in federal court in 2007. Haight said the Yuns made large cash deposits from their carwash businesses, which attracted the attention of law enforcement, who seized $70,000 from the Yuns' bank accounts. The government later returned $35,000 to the Yuns, court records show, and no criminal charges were filed.

Police Chief David M. Rohrer said in an online chat Friday that investigators did not believe the homicide was related to the rash of burglaries being committed in upscale Fairfax neighborhoods, though they couldn't rule out the possibility.

Yun is not the same Yong Yun who was involved in a contracting scandal with D.C. Mayor Marion Barry in the mid-1990s.

Police asked that anyone who sees Yun's SUV, which had the Virginia license plate XYW-8197, to contact them immediately.

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