When Precious Hayes brought her grandchildren to the LA riots Peace Parade in Koreatown on Saturday, she wanted to tell 9-year-olds London and Paris about the time 25 years ago when racial tensions reached a tipping point. She had no idea she’d get to teach them a lesson about the value of an apology and forgiveness.
On April 29, 1992, Hayes — then 20 years old — was part of a group of people that looted nearby shops. It’s a detail she initially neglected to mention to her grandchildren.
“I was hand in hand, slipping, falling, taking food, taking liquor,” Hayes said.
One of the stores she broke into was Tom’s Liquor on Florence Avenue and Normandie Avenue.
While speaking with Hayes, NBC4 learned that Simon Choi, owner of Tom’s Liquor was also at the parade, standing just a few hundred feet away.
A quarter of a century later Hayes and Choi came face …