Crime & Justice

Man convicted of murdering Iraq War veteran roommate Maribel Ramos

36-year-old Maribel Ramos served two tours in Iraq as an Army Sergeant and was a frequent advocate for veterans.
36-year-old Maribel Ramos served two tours in Iraq as an Army Sergeant and was a frequent advocate for veterans.
Matthew Gush
36-year-old Maribel Ramos served two tours in Iraq as an Army Sergeant and was a frequent advocate for veterans.
Kwang Chol Joy
Orange County Sheriff's Department


A 55-year-old man was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday for killing his roommate, an Iraq War veteran who was missing for about two weeks before her body was found in Modjeska Canyon.

Kwang Choi Joy's attorney contended there was no evidence he killed 36-year-old Maribel Ramos. But prosecutors said Joy's actions after Ramos' disappearance proved that "if he couldn't have Maribel, he was going to make sure no one did."

Prosecutors say Joy got surgery to make his eyes look younger, NBC L.A. reports, as well as paying to take Ramos on a cruise. The prosecution argued that Joy panicked when Ramos told him to move out of their apartment when he couldn't pay rent.