Asian grandmother dies 3 months after NYC attack
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A New York woman was hit in the head with a rock in a random attack the day after she died on Thanksgiving last week, her family confirmed at a news conference on Thursday.
Police say QuiYing Ma, 61, was sweeping outside her apartment in Queens when Elisaul Perez, 33, approached her and hit her on the head with the rock. The incident happened shortly after 8 a.m.
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Ma, from China, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she remained in critical condition before dying on February 22. FOX 5 New York reports.
Investigators considered the incident a hate crime. Perez was initially arrested and charged with first and second degree assault, as well as criminal possession of a weapon.
A GoFundMe page to help pay Ma’s medical bills raised nearly $202,000 on Tuesday. She is survived by her husband, one son and two grandchildren.
Speaking through an interpreter, Zhanxin Gao recounted an interaction with his wife that gave the family hope for recovery.
“The day I went to the hospital to visit him, I noticed that that day his right hand could move, and his right leg could also move a little that day,” Gao said. .
“We are here today to support them in their loss, but also to shine a light on the rise in hate crimes we are seeing in this city and across the country,” the former US Attorney General said. , Loretta Lynch, a member of the law firm representing the My Family, said during the briefing. “It has resulted in unimaginable pain and loss in so many communities.”
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“At the end of last year, hate crimes jumped nearly 100% in New York City from the previous year. In 2021, there were 503 hate crimes compared to 252 in 2020,” reports FOX5.