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‘It’s time for us to come together’: Hundreds gather to honor Michelle Go at Times Square candlelight vigil

Michelle Go Vigil
  • Hundreds of people, including New York City Mayor Eric Adams and other elected officials, attended Asians Fighting Injustice’s vigil held at Times Square in remembrance of Michelle Go, who was fatally shoved in front of a subway on Saturday.
  • Friends and family recalled the life of Go, and officials advocated for justice and the safety of the city’s diverse citizens.
  • The Asian American Foundation released a statement of its action plan in pursuit of solutions for keeping the AAPI community safe from hate crimes and violence.

Hundreds of people gathered in Times Square on Tuesday to remember the life of Michelle Go and to advocate for public safety.

Michelle Go’s Vigil

75-year-old Asian woman injured after being tackled to the ground from behind in unprovoked NYC assault

  • The victim, 75, was tackled to the concrete pavement for no apparent reason.
  • The incident, which was caught on surveillance video, shows the suspect fleeing the scene after shoving the victim.
  • It occurred a day before Korean American Day, when another Korean victim got robbed and attacked in New York City.

Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to indicate that the incident, which occurred on Jan. 12, did not occur on Korean American Day, the following day.

A 75-year-old Korean woman was rushed to a hospital after sustaining head injuries from a random attack in Queens’ Forest Hills neighborhood on Jan. 12, a day before the 119th Korean American Day.

Teen arrested for allegedly participating in group attack on Asian man in NYC

  • Jordan McNamara, an 18-year-old man from Manhattan, was arrested on Friday for allegedly participating in a group attack against a 30-year-old Asian man in New York City last year. 
  • The suspect was not charged with a hate crime. 
  • Authorities are currently seeking one of the other suspects related to the crime. 

A teenage suspect was arrested for his alleged involvement in an anti-Asian group attack against a 30-year-old man in Midtown, New York City, in October 2021.

The 18-year-old suspect Jordan McNamara from Manhattan was arrested on Jan. 14 over the brutal attack that happened at 303 5th Avenue in Manhattan on Oct. 23 last year.

Suspect arrested and charged with hate crime for alleged attack on Sikh cab driver at JFK Airport

  • Mohamed Hassanain, 21, allegedly physically assaulted a Sikh cab driver, called him a “turban guy” and said “go back to your country.”
  • The victim, identified only as Mr. Singh, needed to go to a hospital due to chest and arm pain.
  • Hassanain is facing multiple charges with a hate crime enhancement.

A man accused of physically assaulting and racially abusing a Sikh taxi driver at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport earlier this month has been arrested and charged with a hate crime this week.

The incident occurred at a taxi stand outside the airport’s Terminal 4 on Jan. 3, a criminal complaint from the Queens District Attorney’s Office said, according to CNN.

Michelle Go, woman who was shoved into path of NYC subway train, helped homeless people for 10 years

  • Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, was shoved into the path of an oncoming subway train in New York City on Saturday, resulting in her death.
  • Go, described by family members as a “kind” and “intelligent” woman, spent the past 10 years helping homeless people find work.
  • Her alleged killer, 61-year-old Simon Martial, is a homeless person.

Michelle Alyssa Go, the woman pushed to her death by a homeless man in New York City, had advocated for homeless people for over 10 years, according to fellow volunteers.

Go, 40, was shoved into the path of an oncoming train at Times Square-42nd Street subway station at around 9:40 a.m. on Saturday. The suspect, 61-year-old Simon Martial, surrendered to police shortly after and was subsequently charged with second-degree murder.

‘Because I’m God’: Man who shoved Asian woman to her death on NYC subway has decades-long rap sheet

nyc subway attack
  • Simon Martial, 61, allegedly shoved Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, in front of an oncoming subway train in New York City on Saturday.
  • A second woman told police that Martial initially approached her, and she believed he would push her onto the tracks.
  • Martial has been arrested 10 times since 1998.

A man accused of pushing an Asian woman in front of an oncoming subway train in New York City has a criminal history dating back to 1998, police told reporters.

The fatal attack, which authorities deemed “unprovoked,” occurred at Times Square-42nd Street subway station at around 9:40 a.m. on Saturday.

Suspect who shoved Asian man into path of NYC subway train arrested months later for groping

  • Ronald Lacey, 23, is accused of shoving an Asian man into the path of a subway train in New York City last May.
  • Bystanders managed to flag down the train and pull the victim up to safety.
  • Lacey was arrested on Friday after groping a woman at another subway station last month.

A man accused of pushing an Asian commuter into the path of an approaching subway train in New York City last May has been arrested after groping a woman, police announced on Tuesday.

Ronald Lacey, 23, allegedly shoved the victim, 35, in the direction of an F train at the 21st Street-Queensbridge Station in Long Island City at around 7:45 a.m. on May 24, 2021.

Korean American woman spit on, called a ‘carrier’ on NYC subway

NYC SUBWAY hate crime investigation
  • In October, a Korean American woman was verbally attacked and spat at while riding on a New York City A Train.
  • A video of the incident recorded by the victim shows the man saying, “Who wants to touch you, you miserable f*cking carrier!”
  • The incident was reportedly not initially investigated as a hate crime but a civilian hate crime review panel has reversed that.

A Korean American woman reportedly fell victim to an anti-Asian incident in New York City that was not investigated as a hate crime for months until a recent panel recommendation.

The incident, which was caught on video and posted on Twitter, occurred on the A Train between 34th and 42nd Streets on Oct. 5, 2021, according to ABC7 News reporter CeFaan Kim.

Elderly Asian man dies 8 months after being stomped in the head while collecting cans in NYC

  • Yao Pan Ma, 61, was collecting cans to make ends meet when Jarrod Powell allegedly attacked him last April.
  • Ma wound up in a coma, and his health deteriorated until he died last month.
  • The case is being investigated as a homicide but is expected to be upgraded to murder.

An elderly Asian man viciously assaulted in New York City last April succumbed to his injuries on Dec. 31, police announced on Saturday.

Yao Pan Ma, 61, had fought for his life at the hospital since the incident, which is now being investigated as a homicide, according to NBC News.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams wants Biden to apologize to Chinese Americans for Trump’s COVID-19 rhetoric

NYC Mayor Eric Adams
  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who was sworn in on Saturday, said President Joe Biden should apologize to the Chinese community for the surge in attacks amid the pandemic.
  • While in office, former President Donald Trump routinely referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus,” “Wuhan virus” and “kung flu.”
  • The new mayor has recognized the Chinese community’s contributions during the pandemic and plans on sending a letter to Biden about the apology.

President Joe Biden should apologize to the Chinese community over the former administration’s COVID-19 rhetoric, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D-N.Y.) said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

“The president right now should stand up and say, ‘On behalf of the American people, we apologize to the Chinese community,’” Adams said. “We had a president that called COVID the ‘Chinese disease.’ He used hatred terminology. This is a big moment for our country: that we would never allow the Oval Office to be used to attack people in our country.”