Tracy Sin-Yee Tam was an “angel” — that’s how 32-year-old doctor was described by her colleagues at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital after she was killed in a shooting rampage on Friday.
“She was very well liked by hospital staff, and we are certainly grieved throughout the hospital,” hospital spokesman Errol Schneer, told the New York Post, adding that Tam worked at the Mount Hope hospital for a year. “It’s a very tragic event for us as well.”
“She had a good heart. Anybody that needed help, she would help them,” Judy Beckes-Ross said, who has known Tam for 11 years since medical school, according to AsAm News.
The gunman, Henry Bello, who was also a family medicine doctor in New York City just like Tam, killed the woman and injured six other people before turning the gun on himself.
Bello was actually searching for 48-year-old Dr. Kamran Ahmed, who said he didn’t know why the shooter wanted him dead.
“The strange thing is he was nice with me,” said Ahmed, according to the New York Daily News. “I’m shocked. He had a problem with almost everybody.”
Tam was not even supposed to be on the hospital’s 17th when she was reportedly shot in the back as she was running away from the attack.
“She normally works in the clinic and yesterday she was asked to cover one of the physicians who was out,” Dr. Sridhar Chilimuri, the hospital’s physician-in-chief, told WPIX. “She was on the floor at that time.”
Tam, who graduated from Touro College medical school in 2013, is survived by her father who is a cab driver; her mother, a homemaker; and her younger sister.
“The mother came home first. As soon as she went inside, I heard screaming. I know it was her,” said Mahmudur Rahman, the family’s neighbor in Queens.
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