They were publicly executed with machine guns as other band members and their immediate families were forced to watch. The family members were then sent to prison camps under the regime’s assumption of guilt by association, the report said.
Kim Jong-un reportedly met Hyon Song-wol ten years ago before either was married. His father Kim Jong-il disapproved of the relationship and ordered them to break it off. Song-wol then married a North Korean soldier, but there were rumors that Kim and Hyon continued to see each other.
Kim’s wife, Ri Sol-ju, was also a member of the Unhasu Orchestra before marriage.