On the morning of August 18, 2010, Hong Wu Zhang passed away quietly in Huron Hospital, as a result of complications involving three gunshot wounds he received close to the heart. During the previous week while delivering food with his wife on his way back home from work, he and his wife (Bing Rong Zheng) were shot several times without warning. In addition to her husband’s wounds, Ms. Zheng received two bullets in the arm.
Ten months ago, Mr. Zhang’s teenage son, Yu Zhang, immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio with his mother. Like other immigrant families, members of the Zhang family had been living in different countries for several years in order to find economic opportunities. Their reunification meant that finally Mr. Zhang would have relatives living with him in northeast Ohio. Since 2004, he had been working in a Chinese restaurant in northeast Ohio. Most of the income he had made had been contributing to paying off debt due to relocation. His surviving widow states that only recently this debt had been completely paid off. She is currently unable to work, due to her injuries. Because of these factors, Mr. Zhang’s family is left with very little to live on.
Yu Zhang is reported to have excelled academically in Cleveland, placing first place in his class at school. It is a great accomplishment for a young man who has been in the United States for less than one year. His after-school program educator had seen great progress in his development this past summer, as he had become involved in mentoring younger students in Asian Services In Action’s summer camp program.
Please consider contributing financially to help this family survive the tragedy. Any amount you can give will be deeply appreciated. Please send checks payable to “ASIA, Inc.” and write in the memo line, “Zhang Family Donation”. You may mail checks to the following address:
c/o Susan Wong
3631 Perkins Ave. #2A-W
Cleveland, OH 44114
100% of the proceeds will go directly to the family to defray medical costs and to assist the mother and son transition from this very tragic incidence.