On August 20th 2019, an innocent man was brutally gunned down by an unknown gunman in Oakland California. Immediately after the incident, the police were called and the wounded man was rushed to the hospital and later on that fateful night he died at the hospital.
After the initial investigations, it was discovered that this innocent man was a 32-year-old Sri Lankan Mr. Janath Liyanage.
This sent a shockwave throughout the Sri Lankan community and everyone was wondering what happened on that night. It was so shocking because it was almost unheard of such an incident that involved a Sri Lankan. Everyone was with the perception that all Sri Lankans were law abiding peaceful citizens. Despite the fact, some rumors started to spread through the community that this man must have been involved with underworld businesses.
However, as further information cam out it was obvious that this man indeed an innocent and has been in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was a victim of a robbery and a brutal murder. The gunman was identified as none other than the 19 year old son of ex Union City police chief McAllister.
Janath was a legal resident of California mainly lived in Garden Grove in Orange County California. He was single at the time and he did not have any relatives lived here. Also, he was not a hugely successful man in financial terms. However, he did not forget his poor parents in Sri Lanka and he took care of them by sending monthly expenses. They were emotionally well bonded had a very close relationship.
Since Janath did not have anyone next to kin to accept any responsibilities, the police and the coroner’s office were refusing give any information. However as fellow Sri Lankans we were not able to look away from such a situation and decided to find more information and contact his parents.
Upon receiving the devastating news his parents became so desperate to see his son’s body. And they begged us to do everything possible to send his body to Sri Lanka. For us, this is a very challenging task. Getting the body out of the authority is challenging and sending the body to sri lanka is a huge financial burden. Despite of all this we came to a conclusion that we should raise a fund to help this situation. Every dollar we raise will be available to towards the funeral cost and rest will be donated to his parents.
We determined to keep this fund fully transparent and well managed. The fundraising was initiated by the By the Berkeley Buddhist Vihara and Sri Lankan community. I am sure there are many other communities will follow and act accordingly.
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