Hi, my name is Steve, and I am a Korean-American entrepreneur. So is my father. Everything that I have accomplished in life I owe to him. Now he is suffering.
My father came to this country with the hope of economic promise. For years, he worked 12 hour days as a cashier and saved. Used his savings to open a small grocery store, then finally a jewelry store called Solid Gold. This store holds a special place for my family. It put me through college and provided a place for my brother, a combat Veteran, to go after he came back from overseas battered and lost. My father loves this store and he loves the community which surrounds it. He loves his customers and I would like to think that there is mutual admiration and respect for every gold chain across the counter.
Things have never been as tough as they have been recently. We were just scraping by during the covid pandemic then the evil opportunists during the George Floyd protests looted the store and left him with virtually nothing. My dad persevered though. His customers were glad to have him back. Then someone violently robbed the store.
First he pistol-whipped him. Then he stomped his head when my father tried to get up. Then finally beat him in the head 28 times with two of those blows thrown with a deadly hammer.
My Father was gravely injured. He was critically ill in the ICU after suffering from an internal head bleed and severe concussion. He spent 4 days there before heading to a rehabilitation facility. He is relearning how to do the most basic things like walk, read, and talk. My father is 68 and his “American Dream” has come to a crashing halt.
There has been no media coverage of this crime despite its horrific nature. With so much violence against Asians lately I struggle to understand why no one seems to care.
Thankfully, the suspect is now in custody with a $130,000 bond. He has a long criminal history but the charges against him are weak. The robbery could have been a stick-up alone, but I believe the hate / anger filled in this person led to the many unnecessary blows to my dad’s head. We want justice and to get this violent man off the streets before he hurts someone else.
I am raising this campaign to help pay for my dad’s medical bills, help my dad retire, and bringawareness to his case so that we may seek justice. Any excess funds will be shared to support local non-profits / organizations that support safety in the city and Asian-American hate crime groups.