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San Francisco street walked by Vicha Ratanapakdee is renamed after him

  • Sonora Lane, a street in San Francisco, was renamed Vicha Ratanapakdee Way in honor of the late Thai immigrant whose image helped galvanize the Stop Asian Hate movement.
  • Ratanapakdee, 84, died two days after being shoved during an unprovoked attack along Anza Vista and Fortuna Avenues on Jan. 28, 2021.
  • His alleged assailant, Antoine Watson, has pleaded not guilty to murder and elder abuse charges.
  • A ceremony was held on Saturday at Terra Vista and Encanto Avenues to announce the renaming.

A San Francisco street was renamed on Saturday after Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Asian man who was fatally shoved last year and whose image helped galvanize the Stop Asian Hate movement.

Ratanapakdee, a Thai immigrant, was out for a morning walk along Anza Vista and Fortuna Avenues on Jan. 28, 2021, when an assailant appeared and pushed him to the ground. Ratanapakdee was found in a pool of his own blood before being rushed to the hospital, where he died two days later.

San Francisco rally commemorates first anniversary of Vicha Ratanapakdee mural

  • A rally commemorating the first-year anniversary of a mural created to honor Vicha Ratanapakdee was held in San Francisco’s Chinatown on Sunday.
  • Dozens reportedly attended the event to remember the 84-year-old Thai immigrant, who was shoved to his death while walking along Anza Vista and Fortuna Avenues on Jan. 28, 2021.
  • The unprovoked attack, which was caught on video, occurred at the height of pandemic-driven anti-Asian violence across the U.S. Antoine Watson, 19, has been charged with homicide but not a hate crime in connection with the incident.
  • The mural, created by Thitiwat Phromratanapongse and Sarah Siskin based on an illustration by Jonathan D. Chang, is located at Grant Avenue and California Street.
  • The attendees of Sunday’s rally helped clean the mural. There were also discussions on a street renaming project and an anti-Asian hate open forum, according to NBC Bay Area.
  • A similar but larger rally erupted in Columbus Avenue earlier this month. Around 200 reportedly marched to Chinatown in search of justice for the recent attacks on a 70-year-old Asian woman and former commissioner-at-large Greg Chew.

A rally commemorating the first-year anniversary of a mural created to honor Vicha Ratanapakdee was held in San Francisco’s Chinatown on Sunday.

Dozens reportedly attended the event to remember the 84-year-old Thai immigrant, who was fatally shoved while walking along Anza Vista and Fortuna Avenues on Jan. 28, 2021.

Man accused of fatally shoving Vicha Ratanapakdee enters preliminary hearing

RATANAPAKDEE WATSON HEARING
  • Antoine Watson, the man accused of fatally pushing 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee in San Francisco last year, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
  • Ratanapakdee, a Thai immigrant, was walking along Anza Vista and Fortuna Avenues on Jan. 28, 2021, when someone appeared out of nowhere and shoved him to the ground, causing him to hit his head on the pavement.
  • Watson, who remains in jail without bond, previously pleaded not guilty to murder and elder abuse charges.
  • Former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was recalled last week, did not pursue the case as a hate crime and instead described the assailant’s actions as “some sort of temper tantrum.”
  • The preliminary hearing continues today and will determine whether Watson will face jury trial.

A preliminary hearing for the man accused of fatally pushing Vicha Ratanapakdee in San Francisco last year commenced on Tuesday, reigniting calls for justice and an end to anti-Asian violence.

Antoine Watson previously pleaded not guilty to murder and elder abuse charges for the daylight attack on Anza Vista and Fortuna Avenues on Jan. 28, 2021, which was caught on surveillance video and later helped galvanize the Stop Asian Hate movement.