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DNA gives leads in deli owner June Lim's murder

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WASHINGTON, DC -

D.C. Police are following significant new leads in the murder of Hae Soon "June" Lim.

The owner of a northeast deli who was found shot death inside her store earlier this summer.

DNA evidence has lead investigators to a 46 year old D.C. man now being held on a parole violation.

The man in custody has not been charged with the murder but the DNA has given police a significant new lead to follow. It was found on a piece of evidence inside the store that clearly did not belong there.

In the hours after June Lim was found shot to death inside her H Street deli last June, police found an unusual item next to her body--an item that has lead investigators to a man with a long criminal history.

The break in the case came from an empty gun holster found next to the body of Mrs. Lim the day she was murdered.

According to a search warrant affidavit, police swabbed the holster for DNA, got a profile and put it into the national DNA databank where it matched a man who had been arrested in Virginia.

The search warrant affidavit says the DNA in the holster belongs to Steven Vondell Williams, a man previously convicted of armed robbery.

Police searched his apartment on M Street NW last week but according to the warrant found nothing.

When Williams was questioned by detectives, the affidavit says "he asserted his right to council."

June Lim was beloved in the neighborhood around her deli on H Street northeast.

Residents came out for a candle light vigil after the murder and numerous people spoke out, including her son.

"It's particularly hard on myself and my wife because we're expecting our first grandchild for them this year," said Peter Lim. "She will miss the birth of her first grandchild."

Selemani Tanja, was an employee at the store and spoke emotionally about his love for Mrs. Lim

"Me and my wife and my daughter. She was always there for us. Anything we asked. She helped us…….not only paycheck. Food. Anything you want. Selemani take it."

D.C. Police declined comment saying the search warrant affidavit spoke for itself.

June Lim was 64 years old and looking forward to the birth of a grandchild when she was killed.

Peter Lim says he and his sister were notified of the new development about two weeks ago and are now hopeful the DNA link will lead to an arrest.

He says the entire family is still grief stricken.


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