His parents, my cousins Karen and Johnny Hwang, and his brother, Micah, were present and are heartbroken by this senseless tragedy.
From a public statement the family has released:
“The devastation that we feel from this loss is unfathomable.
We welcomed Jonah into our family less than three years ago, after adopting him from an orphanage in Taiwan. He had an infectious smile and loved everyone and everything: sports, wrestling with his dad, running, laughing, superheroes. With his playful demeanor, he adapted almost immediately to life in the United States and became a full-blooded American in no time at all.
Jonah was a light and joy in our household and we cannot imagine our family without him."
We've set up this fund to help support them as they grapple with the impact of this traumatic experience.
Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated.
News coverage of the story here .
Johnny and Karen have asked me to communicate that they are overwhelmed by the love and support that people from all over have shown their family. The GoFundMe has well exceeded its initial goal, and with your kind donations they plan to create a scholarship fund in honor of Jonah to bless and give back to the children of Pomona. They write:
“We hope that Jonah can continue to be a beacon of light in this city, and that he won't be forgotten because of the love of so many people that have made his light shine as brightly as the person he was.”