Chinatown Mourns Christina Yuna Lee: ‘One of Our Own’

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People gather to protest against violence against Asian Americans at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on February 14, 2022 in Chinatown in New York City. Community members and leaders gathered to protest violence against the Asian-American community following the murder of 35-year-old Christina Yuna Lee. Lee was stabbed to death in her apartment early Sunday morning by a man who followed her into her building. Attacks on Asian Americans are on the rise amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

After a 35-year-old New York City woman was tracked down six stairs into her Chinatown apartment over the weekend and brutally murdered, public officials are condemning a dime. disturbing trends of violence against Asian Americans.

Christina Yuna Lee, a beloved member of the Korean-American community in her neighborhood, was stabbed more than 40 times as she despaired and kept begging for help. A neighbor heard the victim’s screams and called 911.

Authorities found Lee in a pool of blood in her bathtub around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

“This is truly a nightmare situation,” said New York State Assemblyman Yuh-Line Niou (D), who now represents Chinatown in the lower Empire State legislature along with much of the neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan, told Law & Crime.

“In the past few days, we all know more and more about Christina Yuna Lee, who was stolen from us by an act of senselessness and indescribably terrible violence,” continued Niou – episode focuses on facts about Lee’s life and her importance to the wider Asian community in the city she loves. “Our community knows Christina not as a name associated with a horrific tragedy, but as a young woman with a passion for creating art, as someone who brings joy into their lives. her friends and family, as a source of happiness. taken away by a man whose actions reflect the anger and hatred in his heart”.

Prosecutors say the woman’s killer was Assamad Nash, 25 years old, a homeless man who recently lived in hiding in a men’s shelter located in the adjoining Bowery neighborhood. The defendant was charged with first-degree murder, burglary and sorcery Monday night in New York Criminal Court. Prosecutors Allegations are reported that Nash was not released under supervision in the other three cases.

“Christina was attacked in her own home, a place where she should have felt safe,” continued Niou. “She was stabbed more than 40 times, an act of violence so severe that it is impossible to ignore the weight of hatred that drove the attacker.”

While law enforcement does not call the brutal murder a hate crime (The prosecutor is investigating), Lee himself has used his professional work and volunteered his spare time as an advocate against hate crimes against Asians, according to one of her colleagues at Splice.

A Rutgers alum, a 2008 graduate with a degree in art history, Lee has worked as a creative producer for the online music platform.

In her social media posts, her colleague Kenneth Takanami Herman said the two became close after Atlanta spa shooting killed six Asian women and two other victims last year.

Anti-Asian sentiment has increased in the United States evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. Niou told Law & Crime that such sentiment – and the violence often resulting from it – is “deeply rooted” in the United States.

Korean American Association Holds Protest for Murdered Woman in NYC's Chinatown

Flowers is set outside the building where Christina Yuna Lee was murdered at dawn on February 13 after she was tracked home on February 15, 2022 in New York City.

“This is why we all feel scared, angry and very sad,” she told Law & Crime in an interview. “Asian Americans feel like we have a target behind our back. People in our country, state, city and neighborhood hate us. It’s scary and upsetting to live every day wondering if this is the day you’ll be murdered just for being Asian-American. And there’s no quick fix to an ingrained, state-recognized grudge that has its roots in the current ‘permanent alien’ syndrome. From the Chinese Exclusion Act to Japanese interns to laws preventing Asian Americans from marrying whites, we’re used to the long record of our government’s hatred of people. with the AAPI community. “

Lee’s murder occurred just weeks after another Asian woman, 40 years old Michelle Alyssa Gowas killed by being pushed forward on an oncoming train on the New York City subway in Times Square.

Niou is not the only elected official to link the latest attack on an Asian woman to a broader, disturbing trend in the city.

“Me and New Yorkers across the city mourn the innocent woman murdered at her home last night in Chinatown and stand with our Asian brothers and sisters today,” said City Mayor. New York Street Eric Adams (D) said in a statement on Sunday.

“I join New Yorkers standing together in support of our AAPI friends and neighbors,” said Governor of New York. Kathy Hochul (D) echoes on Sunday night via Twitter.

During Monday night’s hearing, prosecutor Dafna Yoran said NYPD officers had been outside Lee’s door early Sunday morning when they had heard her cry for help earlier, finally, “she was silent.”

Adams also praised the NYPD but said more than a law enforcement response was needed to deal with the recent scourge of anti-Asian violence.

“While the suspect who committed this heinous act is currently in custody, the conditions that created him remain,” the mayor added. “The mandate of this administration is clear: We will not let this violence go unchecked.”

Niou says a large-scale response is needed.

“This system will only change if we work together as a community and as a state to change it,” she said. “Our community will not sit idly by as we are targeted and attacked and murdered in astonishing acts of hate. It’s time to act, and more than ever the AAPI community needs our non-Asian friends and neighbors to stand up and demand meaningful action to end this deadly wave of violence. this. Christina Yuna Lee deserves nothing more and nothing less. ”

Nash was arrested after allegedly trying to flee his Chrystie Street apartment to get out of the fire and then barricade himself inside. He was taken for a public walk, surrounded by cameras, outside the NYPD 5th Precinct in handcuffs on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2022.

With blood stains clearly visible on his shirt, he denied it all.

Referee Jay Weiner presided over the trial and ordered the defendant to return to court on February 18, 2022. Nash was held without bail.

Chinatown is still dazed, sad, and indignant.

“We are friends with her friends,” Niou said. “We walk the same streets and enjoy the same restaurants. We see in her death a threat to attack anyone and all of us. Her loss is a loss to our entire community, and we mourn her as one of ours. ”

[featured image: via Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images; inline image via Spencer Platt/Getty Images]

Is there a trick we should know? Chinatown Mourns Christina Yuna Lee: ‘One of Our Own’

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