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Thousands gather to honor Toronto police officer who was slain in Canada shooting rampage

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  • On Wednesday morning, over 8,000 people, including officers, politicians, family and friends, gathered for the funeral of the Toronto police officer who was slain in a shooter’s rampage last week.
  • Constable Andrew Hong, 48, was ambushed and shot dead by Shawn Petry, 30, while on his lunch break on Sept. 12.
  • He was one of the three people fatally shot by Petry that day before the suspect was later shot dead by police in Hamilton Cemetery.
  • Hong was a 22-year veteran and a member of Toronto police’s Traffic Services Unit.
  • His casket was carried to the Toronto Congress Center from the Kane-Jarrett Funeral Home in Thornhill as a parade of officers and dignitaries lined the route to pay tribute to the slain officer.

Thousands of mourners, including officers, politicians, family and friends, gathered for the funeral of the Toronto police officer who was slain in a shooter’s rampage last week. 

On Wednesday morning, mourners gathered as hundreds of police officers gave solemn salutes at Constable Andrew Hong’s funeral cortege.

Harmonica player at Queen Elizabeth II vigil in Hong Kong arrested for sedition

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  • A 43-year-old man, surnamed Pang, was arrested on Tuesday outside the British consulate in Hong Kong under the British colonial-era sedition law for playing a pro-democracy tune on a harmonica at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral vigil.
  • Pang played the song “Glory To Hong Kong,” which became known as a pro-democracy song during the city’s anti government protests in 2019.
  • Thousands of mourners gathered outside the British consulate in Hong Kong during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral to pay tribute on Monday evening.
  • Following the queen’s death, more than 13,000 people have lined up to sign a book of condolences in the city’s British consulate.

A man in Hong Kong who played a pro-democracy tune on a harmonica at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral vigil in Hong Kong was arrested.

Thousands of mourners gathered outside the British consulate in Hong Kong during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral to pay tribute on Monday evening. 

Sandra Oh represents Canada at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London

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  • Sandra Oh was in attendance at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday.
  • Oh was part of the official Canadian delegation led by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • Other figures in the procession included former Olympian Mark Tewksbury and musician Gregory Charles, to name a few.
  • The “Killing Eve” actor was appointed to the Order of Canada in June — the highest civilian honor of the country — for her contributions to onstage and onscreen art and entertainment.

Sandra Oh attended Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday as part of the Canadian delegation led by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

The Canadian-born actor, who has dual Canadian and American citizenship, was appointed to the Order of Canada in June — the highest civilian honor of the country — in recognition of her accomplishments onstage and onscreen. 

Korean family sues NJ funeral home for $50 million for putting the wrong body in mother’s casket

  • A Korean family filed a $50 million lawsuit against Central Funeral Home of New Jersey and Blackley Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. for a mix-up that nearly saw the wrong body buried in place of their mother’s casket.
  • The mistake caused the family to suffer “great shock, emotional distress and psychological pain and hurt upon learning that the passing of their mother was not properly celebrated but that the body of a stranger was wearing the decedent’s clothing and personal effects and placed in her coffin in error,” according to the lawsuit.
  • The Central Funeral Home later apologized and offered the family a refund of about $9,000.
  • The family said they are not interested in the money. If they win the lawsuit, they reportedly plan to donate the money to two Korean churches that their mother was active in.

A Korean family filed a $50 million lawsuit against a funeral home in New Jersey for a mix-up that nearly saw the wrong body buried in place of their mother’s casket.

The children of Kyung Ja Kim, who passed away on Nov. 10, are suing Central Funeral Home of New Jersey and Blackley Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. for failing to follow their own policies in ensuring the bodies were properly identified.

Images of shackled Taiwanese official kneeling before her father’s coffin spark public backlash

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  • Chiayi City Councilor Tai Ning (戴寧) has been in incommunicado detention since mid-March for allegedly listing relatives as staff members and embezzling over 5 million New Taiwan dollars (approximately $174,500) in pay meant for city employees.
  • When her father died on March 20, she requested to be released on bail but was denied.
  • On Wednesday, she was allowed to visit the memorial hall but was required to wear handcuffs and leg shackles.
  • Images of Ning attending her father’s funeral while in restraints sparked public outrage in Taiwan.

Images of a Taiwanese official attending her father’s funeral while bound in shackles have drawn public backlash in Taiwan. 

Chiayi City Councilor Tai Ning (戴寧), who is suspected of embezzling over 5 million New Taiwan dollars (approximately $174,500) in pay meant for city employees, is accused of listing relatives as staff members and pocketing their wages since 2012.

Son of GuiYing Ma arrives from China for her funeral after visa help from Reps. Meng, Ocasio-Cortez

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  • GuiYing Ma, 61, died of traumatic injuries in February, months after Elisaul Perez reportedly bashed her in the head with a rock in November of last year.
  • Her son, Yang Gao, flew from China to the U.S. after Reps. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) secured a visa for him.
  • According to Gao, he was against his parents’ plan to move to the U.S. to earn money and provide for their family back home in China.
  • He now wants his father to return to China with him, so he can spend time with his 14-year-old granddaughter and 9-year-old grandson.

The son of GuiYing Ma, the woman who recently died from a violent attack in November, traveled from China to attend his mother’s funeral in New York City.

Ma, who was repeatedly hit in the head with a rock by suspect Elisaul Perez in November, succumbed to her injuries on Feb. 22. The 61-year-old woman spent several weeks in a coma before waking up days before her passing.

Kindhearted Cab Driver Offers Free Ride to Send Off Late Actor Aloysius Pang

A kind cab driver from Singapore touched friends and fans of the late actor Aloysius Pang for offering free rides to and from the cr‌em‌atorium to send off the actor’s ashes.

On Tuesday, January 29, TV host and actress, Belinda Lee shared the heartwarming moment on her Instagram along with a picture of the cast of 2015 drama series, “Tiger Mum” starring Pang, along with Lee and Jayley Woo, according to AsiaOne.

Hayao Miyazaki Admits He Smoked Around Friend Who Died of Lung Cancer During Eulogy

Many friends and colleagues have gathered to say their farewells to one of the legends in the Japanese anime industry, Isao Takahata, with his close friend, Hayao Miyazaki, delivering an emotional eulogy and remembering the memorable moments they’ve spent together.

While speaking in front of friends and colleagues by the portrait of Takahata surrounded by thousands of flowers on Tuesday, Miyazaki shared the time when they had to ask the late co-founder of Studio Ghibli if he could stop his smoking habit and how he purposely smoked beside him after he quit.

Taiwanese Woman’s Wedding Becomes Funeral After Tragic Accident Day Before Birthday

A Taiwanese woman’s wedding tragically turned into her funeral when the bride-to-be was killed in an accident less than a week before the ceremony and the day before her 32nd birthday.

Prior to the accident, Ren An Ni had just left a hospital in Taiwan’s Taoyuan city after finishing her medical appointment. As the soon-to-be bride was making her way across a traffic junction, she was struck by the hospital’s shuttle bus as it was reversing. She died at the scene of the accident, according to AsiaOne.