COLLINSVILLE, Illinois—This horrific incident happened on Thursday, May 18, 2011, and received almost no media attention at the time. Many would like the Asian community to forget this horrific crime because of the race of the suspects.
85-year-old grandmother Yoko Cullen was approached by 26-year-old DaQuan Barnes, 35-year-old Demarcus Barnes, and 44-year-old LaTosha Cunningham as she left Fireman’s Hall after winning bingo. She was abducted, robbed, and burned alive in the trunk of her own car.
When Yoko’s car and body were discovered a few days later, an autopsy found she was still alive when they set her car on fire.
Both DaQuan Barnes and LaTosha Cunningham were given 60-year prison sentences for Yoko’s murder in 2013. However, Demarcus Barnes was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial and was committed to a secure mental health treatment facility until he is well enough to face the murder charges or 80 years, whichever comes first, reports Belleville News-Democrat.