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