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Q: Tresspasser killed in USA ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Tresspasser killed in USA
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: happyhank-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 03 Jul 2004 19:50 PDT
Expires: 02 Aug 2004 19:50 PDT
Question ID: 369397
On what day of 2001 and where was a Japanese student wearing a
Halloween constume shot dead after tresspassing a house at night? I'd
like to know a detailed story. This student's parents were condoled by
Mr. Clinton in 2003.
Subject: Re: Tresspasser killed in USA
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 03 Jul 2004 20:21 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear Happyhank,

Yoshihiro Hattori was killed on Oct. 17, 1992 when he  mistook the
address on his way to a Halloween party in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and
was shot by the owner of the house, Rodney Peairs. In November 2003
Clinton met with his parents.

Below you will find additional information about this incident.

Clinton to meet parents of Japanese boy shot in U.S.
Monday, November 17, 2003 at 02:03 JST

?Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will meet with the parents of
Yoshihiro Hattori, a Japanese high school exchange student who was
shot dead in the United States, when he visits a university in Aichi
Prefecture on Wednesday, a friend of the Hattoris said Sunday.?

?Clinton will meet with Hattori's mother Mieko, 55, and father
Masaichi, 56, for the first time in 10 years at Aichi Gakuin
University in the city of Nisshin where he is scheduled to give a
lecture, Hiromi Bando said. In October 1992, Yoshihiro, 16, mistook
the address on his way to a Halloween party in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
and was shot by the owner of the house.?

Read the discussion at the following link:

Baton Rouge, Lousiana--October 17, 1992--8:30 P.M....

?A Japanese exchange student, Yoshihiro Hattori, was searching for a
party he had been invited to. Thinking he had found the house in which
the social would take place, Yoshihiro knocked on the door. Not
knowing that they had the wrong house Yoshihiro and his companion
startled the proprietor. After having the front door shut in their
face the two boys began walking back to Yoshihiro's car. Yoshihiro
Hattori and his friend, Webb Haymaker, then turned back towards the
house upon hearing the carport door open behind them. Instead of
seeing the party's host, these two boys were greeted by a " 'Freeze' "
and a .44 Magnum-carrying Rodney Peairs. Yoshihiro, thinking he had
found the party after all, stepped towards Mr. Peairs and said, "
'We're here for the party' ". Webb Haymaker then found himself
standing over his dying friend, Yoshihiro Hattore, a victim of
unintentional homicide.?

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 ?Yoshihiro Hattori's Parents Awarded $650,000 In Suit.

BATON ROUGE (LA) -- The parents of Yoshihiro Hattori, the Japanese
exchange student killed by a Louisiana homeowner, were awarded
$650,000 in damages and funeral costs last week.

Rodney Peairs, 31, shot and killed Hattori on Oct. 17, 1992, when
Hattori and a friend mistakenly rang Peairs' doorbell while looking
for a Halloween party in the area.

Judge Bill Brown, who heard the civil case without a jury, said there
was "no justification whatsoever" for the killing .?


?Yoshihiro Hattori was born on November 22, 1975, to Masaichi, the
father, and Mieko, the mother, in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. When he
was sixteen years old, he left for Baton Rouge in the United States as
an AFS exchange student and a recipient of Morita Foundation
scholarship. On October 18, Yoshihiro was shot by the owner of the
house where he mistook the address on his way to a Halloween party.?

?Hattori, a 16-year-old exchange student from Japan, was a bright,
fun-loving sprite who had captivated his schoolmates and his host
family in Baton Rouge with his charm and love of movement and dance.
He had arrived in America only two months before the shooting and had
planned to spend the school year in Louisiana.?


?Hattori was shot to death by a suburban homeowner who said he feared
for his life as the youngster approached his home inquiring about a
Halloween party.?


?In Baton Rouge, Rodney Peairs, the homeowner who gunned down Yoshi
Hattori, was indicted by a grand jury. He was charged with
manslaughter and put on trial in May. The jury, apprently convinced
that Peairs was well within his rights to blow away an inquiring
teenager, deliberated for just over three hours before acquitting

Goldsea Features

?On October 17, 1992, Yoshihiro Hattori and Webb Haymaker were on
their way to a Halloween party for Japanese exchange students in a
quiet neighborhood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Arriving at the home
that they thought was the site of the party, they rang the doorbell
and waited. Because the front lawn of the modest brick ranchstyle home
was festively arrayed with Halloween decorations, they assumed that
they had found the right place. When no one appeared to answer the
door, they started back for the car in disappointment.

More details here:

?Yoshihiro Hattori, a 16-year-old foreign exchange student, was shot
in the chest in the carport of a Louisiana home, a place he had
mistaken for the site of a Halloween party he was to attend.
The homeowner, a man who had been raised on a part of the American
dream that the missionaries hadn?t mentioned, mistook the foreign
exchange student for an intruder.
 When Yoshi Hattori failed to respond to the command "freeze!" - a
word he didn?t understand - Rodney Peairs pointed a .44-caliber Magnum
handgun at the student?s white John Travolta-style disco costume and
pulled the trigger.?

Honolulu Advisor

Yoshi's Gift Foundation

?On September 15, 1994, the parents of Yoshihiro Hattori won the civil
case with the amount of $653,000 as the compensation for damage
against Mr. Peairs who killed Yoshihiro by gun and his home owner's
insurance company. Out of $100,000 paid by the insurance company, the
Hattori received about $45,000 after the lawyer's fees and expenses
had been paid. The Hattoris created Yoshi's Gift from this money. The
Hattoris hope that, with the help of Yoshi's Gift, many gun control
groups will grow up and become stronger lobby groups against NRA.
Consulting with the Haymakers, Yoshi's host family in the US, the
Hattoris decided to establish the foundation. Yoshi's Gift was named
by Holley Haymaker, Yoshi's host mother.?'s%20gift.html

Search criteria:

2001 Japanese Halloween murder Clinton

Yoshihiro Hattori

I hope this helps!

Best regards,
happyhank-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Of course, I am not a pro researcher. Nonetheless, I tried hard to
glean this information  by using Google to no avail. My hat's off to
bobbie7-ga. An excellent answer, I admit. Many thanks. Hank

Subject: Re: Tresspasser killed in USA
From: bobbie7-ga on 04 Jul 2004 07:30 PDT
Thank you for the five stars and tip!
Subject: Re: Tresspasser killed in USA
From: muna_jp-ga on 04 Jul 2004 08:06 PDT
I followed this and still remember when the news actually came out.  

It has something to do with the language understanding at least that
was mention here in Japan.  The word "freeze" sounds like "please" for
Japanese people.

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