Victims of South Korean ferry disaster honored in Griffith Park

Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge and Korean community leaders planted a memorial tree in Griffith Park on Tuesday in remembrance of the victims of the South Korean Ferry Sewol disaster.

Officials and community members gathered at Fern Dell in Griffith Park, where they planted the tree and observed a moment of silence for those affected by the tragedy. 

The ferry carrying about 476 people, mostly high school students and staff, sank April 16 off South Korea’s southern coast, leaving more than 300 passengers dead or missing.

It was carrying the students on what was meant to be a fun trip to a tourist island.

South Korean authorities have taken into custody all 15 people involved in navigating the ferry. All are accused of negligence and failing to help passengers in need as the ferry sank.

South Korea’s prime minister offered to resign Sunday over the government’s handling of the incident.

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