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The demise of a Maplewood household of 5 over the weekend has left members of the family, buddies, and the neighborhood reeling from grief and confusion this week.

The suicides of Yee Lee and Molly Cheng, and Cheng’s obvious drowning of the couple’s three younger kids in Vadnais Lake shocked the nation. It additionally raised questions on how tradition can affect the way in which folks expertise trauma that touches all communities, and what culturally delicate providers exist to serve them. Lee, Cheng, and their household are Hmong.

Lee dedicated suicide on the household’s dwelling on July 1, prompting Cheng to take their kids—Phoenix, Quadrillion, and Estella Lee, ages 3 by means of 5—to the lake in Vadnais Heights. Cheng and the kids’s our bodies had been recovered from the lake that night and the following morning.

On the similar time, tens of hundreds of Hmong neighborhood members from around the globe had been converging in St. Paul for the annual Hmong Worldwide Freedom Competition, a time for celebration and reunion with household and buddies. 

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