I'm Jennifer Li, the Executive Director of the Oakland Chinatown Improvement Council.
We are fundraising to support the family and loved ones of Patrick Fung, who was tragically shot and killed in a senseless act of violence on Sunday, July 17th on his way to work.
He was on his way to work when 2 unidentified suspects attempted to rob him. They shot Patrick Fung in the process. By the time officers arrived, he was already gone.
Patrick Fung was a hard-working man who immigrated from Hong Kong to America 8 years ago. He was a calm, gentle, and kind person and an incredibly loving son towards his parents.
He worked hard to provide for his family and was the family's sole breadwinner. He worked two jobs as a warehouse delivery man and drove Uber to support his parents, often working grueling 16-18 hours a day. His goal was to make enough money to care for his parents. He was extremely frugal and never spent money on himself but was always generous and willing to spend money on others.
His coworkers remember him as a very down-to-earth person. He had a girlfriend, and he was saving up money to not only take care of his parents but to get married and start a family with his girlfriend. He worked tirelessly so he could move his entire family to a safe area to avoid the violence. He had a very humble American dream but was taken away from his family and loved ones through the very violence that he was trying to avoid.
There have been too many Asian victims of crime, particularly Asian immigrant victims who are targeted because we are seen as easy targets because we don't speak English, or won't speak up.
Patrick was the sole provider for his family, and this fundraiser is to financially help his family and loved ones through this loss.
His family has authorized this fundraiser, and his older brother, Ivan Fung, will be handed all of the funds to disperse amongst Patrick's loved ones. In times like this, we need our community to come together to help the victim's families.