Bluefin tuna goes for $3M at first Tokyo sale of ’19

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - News -

A 612-pound bluefin tuna sold for a record $3 mil­lion at the first auc­tion of 2019, af­ter Tokyo’s famed Tsuk­iji mar­ket was moved to a new site on the city’s water­front.

The win­ning bid for the prized but threat­ened species at the predawn auc­tion Satur­day was more than dou­ble the 2013 an­nual New Year auc­tion. It was paid by Kiy­omura Corp., whose owner, Kiyoshi Kimura, runs the Sushi Zan­mai chain.

A beam­ing Kimura said he was sur­prised by the high price of tuna this year, but he added, “The qual­ity of the tuna I bought is the best.” iden­ti­fied the vic­tims or sus­pects or re­leased details about what led to the shoot­ing. But wit­nesses said it stemmed from a fight be­tween two large groups.

Dwayne Ed­wards, 60, of Los An­ge­les, said he re­ceived a call from his nephew that his 28-yearold son Astin Ed­wards was one of those killed. His nephew told him his son was try­ing to break up a fight when a gun­man “just started un­load­ing.”

“I’m think­ing this is a dream and I’ll wake up,” Ed­wards told the Or­ange County Reg­is­ter. “He was a good kid. I don’t un­der­stand it.”

A griev­ing mother told KABC-7 her 28-year-old son, Robert Meekins, was among the vic­tims killed. She said her son was a friend of Astin Ed­wards, and she be­lieved he also tried to help break up the fight.

“They were friends so I know he prob­a­bly jumped in and helped Astin and who­ever he was with … but I don’t think my son de­serves to die,” An­ge­line Hub­bard said.

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