Son to Ronald (Tai Sook Suh) and Elizabeth (Yoon Myung), Andrew was the youngest of three children. Andrew would never know his older brother Byung Chul, who died before his birth, but he would know his sister Catherine, all too well. Born on January 12, 1974 in Seoul, South Korea, this is his story:
In 1976 Andrew's parents gave up lucrative careers in South Korea to start a new life in America. The four member family immigrated to Chicago, Illinois, USA in search of the American Dream. Unable to speak English, assimilation was difficult but the family somehow endured. As the years passed by, the “AMERICAN DREAM” began to fade as the bitter truth of being foreigners in America became their reality.
In spite of the disciplined hand of Andrew’s father, strife and turmoil would fill the HOUSE OF SUH. Andrew’s sister Catherine would discover her identity as a rebellious teenager, straying from the expected path and causing conflict in this quiet home. Amid the growing chaos, a young Andrew remained steadfast and did everything that was expected of him. He was a good son. For a brief moment in time things were almost tolerable, but not for long.
At the age of eleven, tragedy would find Andrew. His father would be diagnosed with and quickly succumb to stomach, liver and pancreatic cancer.
At his father’s death bed Andrew promised to always help and protect his mother, yet upon the death of the family patriarch, things began to crumble. Catherine would continue her rebellious nature while Andrew remained vigilant by his mother’s side, but fate would not allow him to keep his promise.
Two years later at the age of thirteen, tragedy would find Andrew once again when he is devastated by the horrific news that his beloved mother has been brutally murdered.
Link: News Article Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times week of Oct. 6. 1987 Evanston newspaper (murder in Evanston, Illinois, Elizabeth Suh)
Orphaned at the age of thirteen, Andrew’s world was in a downward spiral. Up until this moment the sole purpose for Andrew’s existence was to be a good son to his parents. He had nothing. With no family remaining except his sister Catherine, Andrew surrendered to his sister’s control. She became his legal guardian and ultimately his surrogate mother.
The next several years were a blur of emotions. Trying to cope with the death of his parents and bringing honor to his parents’ memory, Andrew pushed forward and tried to fulfill his role as a good son. After years of hard work, Andrew would graduate from the prestigious Loyola Academy and earn a full four year scholarship to Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. Andrew was on his way to success and happiness but things would go horribly awry.
At the age of nineteen, heartache would find Andrew. His sister Catherine would weave a gruesome tale, where she would reveal that her long time boyfriend, Robert O’Dubaine, was the individual responsible for the brutal murder of his beloved mother. As Andrew reels from this horrifying news, his sister Catherine convinces Andrew that he must be the loyal son, and he must seek justice for their slain mother.
With the trusted belief that Robert O’Dubaine was responsible for stabbing his mother over 35 times to her death, Andrew ruefully obeyed his sister Catherine and on the fateful night of September 25,1993 he shot Robert O’Dubaine twice and killed him.
Andrew Suh, a promising 19 year old college student, was charged, convicted and sentenced to 100 years for murder.
Link： News Article Chicago Tribune, May 14, 1998 (100-year Prison Term Grim End to Golden Life)