You can officially add 20-year-old Dao Xiong as one of the ever-expanding list of craigslist killers. Last week Xiong was convicted in the shooting death of Youa Lor in St. Elmo, Minnesota.
Mr. Lor was selling a 2003 Nissan 350Z on craigslist and was shot and killed by Xiong in order to sell the stolen car for parts. During the trial Xiong’s lawyer tried arguing that the shooting was an accident but the jury wasn’t having any of it. Not only was he convicted but he was also sentenced to life without parole.
While murder is actually very rare when conducting business on craigslist it happens way too often for craigslist to ignore it. When you have a free unmoderated site it’s only a matter of time before criminal activity becomes the norm.
It turns out that the alleged killer of Youa Lor was a member of the National Guard as was his accomplice.
Dao Xiong (pictured) is the man accused of shooting Lor to death in order to take his 2003 Nissan 350Z for parts after the victim was trying to sell it on craigslist. His accomplice, Keng Thao, is said to be the mastermind behind the crime. Both are members of the Minnesota National Guard where Thao is a vehicle mechanic.
The Fox affiliate in Minneapolis is reporting that the gun used to shoot Lor was not of military issue.
I went back in the archive of craigslist killers and it seems that in 2010 there have been almost 1 or 2 a month in the past 6 months.
Your latest one is allegedly 19-year-old Dao Xiong of Oakdale, Minneota. Police say that Youa Lor was selling his 2003 Nissan 350Z on craigslist. Xiong is said to have responded to the ad and the two met in Lake Elmo, Minnesota for a test drive. It was there that police say Xiong shot Lor and stole the car in order to sell it for parts. Police caught up with Xiong after going through Lor’s phone records.
So Mr. Lor wasn’t shot for his car but the car’s parts. As far as Xiong was concerned Lor’s life wasn’t even worth the entire 7-year-old car, just the parts. This my friends is your craigslist customer. By doing business on craigslist you have a 50/50 chance of never making it back alive.