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Suspect in murder of Christina Lee says too little evidence for his conviction: ‘I’m not on camera touching her’

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  • In an interview from Rikers Island, the 25-year-old suspect charged with the murder of Christina Yuna Lee, 35, said he cannot be jailed because there is no video of him killing Lee.
  • On Feb. 13, Lee was followed home by Assamad Nash and stabbed to death over 40 times in her Chinatown apartment.
  • Nash was previously caught on surveillance video following Lee into her building and was found hiding under a bed at the murder scene.
  • “They only got me on camera going into the building, that’s it,” he said, according to the New York Post. “They ain’t got no camera showing me killing that lady.”
  • Nash claimed that Lee had invited him over for a drink, but he was “too high” to remember anything about her death.
  • Nash also claimed to have “mental problems” but did not identify any specific diagnosis. He said he was “trying to get into a mental health program at the hospital” to escape the charges against him.

The suspect charged with the murder of Christina Yuna Lee does not believe the evidence against him is enough to put him away.

Assamad Nash, the 25-year-old homeless suspect caught on surveillance camera following Lee into her building and found hiding under a bed at the murder scene, believes he cannot be jailed because there is no video of him killing Lee.

‘This Asian face’: The artist behind the #StopAsianHate illustrations

Jonathan Chang
  • Jonathan Chang, a Taiwanese designer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, is the creator behind iconic portraits of anti-Asian hate crime victims that were shown on billboards in Times Square during Michelle Go’s candlelight vigil.
  • The illustrator says he wanted to honor his subjects while raising awareness about the violence AAPI communities have recently faced.
  • He continues to document the Asian lives lost due to racism and hate. His viral portraits of many victims (deceased and surviving) can be seen in rallies and all across social media and publications.
  • “I hope people can focus on the victims and know that these are all real people, and it could have been any one of us,” Chang said.

As the only Asian kid in class, a young Jonathan Chang, who had immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan at the age of 3, felt out of place.

At 10 years old, he figured that slowly replacing parts of himself would make him less different. When he couldn’t understand the cartoons shown on American television, his frustration pushed him to spend more time watching them. He would watch “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” over and over until English words rolled off of his tongue like it was his first. 

NYC man accused of murdering Christina Yuna Lee pleads not guilty, says he was ‘trying to help her’

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  • Assamad Nash, 25, was charged with murder, burglary and burglary as sexually motivated felony for reportedly stabbing Christina Yuna Lee, 35, to death last month.
  • The repeat offender, who has been arrested eight times since May 2021, entered a not guilty plea on Wednesday.
  • New court documents revealed that he claimed to be a victim himself, blaming a “dude” who “stabbed us up” at the time of his arrest.
  • Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said the indictment “marks the beginning of our pursuit of justice in the name of Christina Yuna Lee,” while Mayor Eric Adams assured AAPI New Yorkers that they are working “around the clock” to put a stop to violence in the community.

Assamad Nash, the 25-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing 35-year-old Christina Yuna Lee last month, has been indicted on multiple felony charges without hate crime enhancements on Wednesday.

Nash was taken into custody shortly after the incident, which occurred inside Lee’s apartment in Manhattan’s Chinatown on Feb. 13. That marked the eighth arrest for the repeat offender since May 2021.  

35-mile ‘Run for Chinatown’ organized to honor Christina Lee’s life, raise awareness of anti-Asian crimes

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  • The New York Chinatown community organized a 35-mile run on Monday with one mile honoring every year of stabbing victim Christina Yuna Lee’s life.
  • The group that organized the challenge “Run for Chinatown” aimed to raise awareness of the rise in violent crimes targeting Asian Americans.
  • The challenge was expected to take around seven to eight hours while participants made laps around the block where Lee had lived.
  • Christina Yuna Lee, 35, was stabbed to death in her Chinatown apartment after allegedly being followed home on Feb. 13 by Assamad Nash.

A group of runners planned a 35-mile run on Monday called “Run for Chinatown” in which participants ran 175 laps around the block where Christina Yuna Lee lived in honor of her life.

Participants were challenged to run one mile for every year of Lee’s life, totaling 35 miles. While some ran the full 35 miles, others ran for 35 minutes or did 35 laps, reported ABC7.

Christina Yuna Lee’s family launches fundraising campaign to keep her legacy alive

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  • The relatives of murder victim Christina Yuna Lee have launched a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe to continekeep her legacy alive by funding initiatives she advocated.
  • Lee, who was fatally stabbed by a stranger inside her own apartment in New York City’s Chinatown on Feb.13, supported several causes while she was alive.
  • Managed by Lee’s sister, Angela Lee, the fundraising campaign will support organizations and locations such as the Prospect Park Alliance, Womankind, Planned Parenthood, Elizabeth Street Garden and SafeWalks.
  • “Christina’s death has shaken us to our core,” the campaign noted. “Nothing will give her back to us. But with your help, we can make the 35 years she spent on Earth mean something for generations to come.”
  • The campaign’s initial funding goal of $100,000 was surpassed in less than 24 hours and has since been increased to $300,000 “to establish the Christina Yuna Lee Memorial Fund, to support these organizations and others in the future.”

The family of Korean American murder victim Christina Yuna Lee has started an online fundraising campaign to ensure her name and legacy are remembered by future generations. 

The 35-year-old, who was fatally stabbed by a stranger inside her own apartment in New York City’s Chinatown on Feb.13, was described on the campaign’s GoFundMe page as an active advocate for causes such as women’s rights.

Memorial for Christina Yuna Lee, woman fatally stabbed in her NYC Chinatown apartment, gets desecrated

Christina Yuna Lee
  • A memorial outside the home of stabbing victim Christina Yuna Lee was vandalized overnight with smashed candles and scattered flowers.
  • Lee was followed home by Assamad Nash on Sunday morning and was stabbed 40 times in her sixth-floor apartment in New York City’s Chinatown.
  • Community members quickly worked together to repair the desecrated memorial, sweeping broken glass and replacing damaged flowers.

A memorial outside the apartment building of Christina Yuna Lee, who was stabbed 40 times in her New York City Chinatown apartment on Sunday morning, was found desecrated overnight.

The makeshift memorial in front of the building where Lee had lived featured flower bouquets, candles and signs protesting anti -Asian hate crimes. On Wednesday morning, however, the memorial was found vandalized with torn signs and smashed candles, reported the New York Post.