Their family has been heartbroken by the loss of the three children and their parents, and they are organizing a public vigil this coming Saturday.
The five funerals are also earning money through fundraising.
The Hmong 18 Council released a statement on Wednesday that read, “We are extremely pained by the awful events that took place on July 1st.” “Our community as a whole, as well as the Cheng and Lee families, are mourning this loss.”
The Ramsey County medical examiner’s office reported that Yee Lee, 27, committed suicide early on Friday morning in the family’s Maplewood residence. A family member of Lee Cheng’s wife, Molly Cheng, contacted 911 on Friday afternoon to say the 23-year-old was planning to kill both her and her children.
Police located Cheng’s cellphone near Vadnais Lake in Vadnais Heights and started looking there. On Friday night and Saturday morning, they discovered Cheng’s and the couple’s three children’s bodies in the lake.
Estella Lee, 3, Quadrillion Lee, 4, and Phoenix Lee, 5, were all drowned, according to the medical examiner’s office, which classified their deaths as murders. The Ramsey County sheriff’s office reports that Cheng also drowned and died by suicide.
At gofundme.com/f/funeral-expenses-for-molly-cheng-yee-lee-kids, a relative of Lee stated, “Yee and Molly are hardworking parents who always desired the best for everyone.” “We are going through a difficult time, but as our final farewells, we want to offer them the monuments they deserve to commemorate their life journeys and memories.”
The public is invited to a candlelight vigil on Saturday at Vadnais-Sucker Lakes Regional Park. It will take place in Vadnais Heights, next to Sucker Lake Road and Vadnais Boulevard, from 5 to 9 p.m.