A Chinese food delivery boy described by relatives as a hardworking father was shot and killed in Queens on Saturday night.
Zhiwen Yan, 45, was making a delivery near 108th St. and 67th Dr. in the Forest Hills neighborhood around 9:30 p.m. when a man began shooting in her direction, police said.
A bullet hit Yan’s chest and he fell off his scooter. Doctors took him to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The shooter reportedly fled in a light gray or tan sedan toward Queens Blvd. According to New York Postpolice are investigating a 50-year-old customer who has several ongoing disputes with staff members at the Great Wall restaurant, where Yan worked.
The client was charged with threatening employees with a gun in January and vandalizing their vehicles twice. An employee claimed that after one of the incidents, the customer fled in an older model Lexus RX3 SUV, which was the same vehicle present in Saturday’s shooting.
Yan, who arrived in the United States in 2001, leaves behind a wife and three children aged 2, 12 and 14. He juggled three jobs before his death.
“My husband wakes up every day and just does work,” said Kunying Zhao, also known as Eva. New York Daily News.
Yan’s nephew Michael called the shooting a “brutal murder”.
“It’s unacceptable that this has happened. It’s a very peaceful community. It’s never happened, this kind of thing,” Michael told the New York Post.
A small memorial was held for Yan at the Great Wall on Sunday. Residents of Forest Hill called Yan a neighborhood “fix”.
“Every time you passed he would say ‘hello my friend,'” said Philip Jacoby NY1 Spectrum News. “Snow, rain, hurricane, he was out delivering. He was the nicest guy. The hardest working guy in the neighborhood.
“He was the heart of Forest Hills for so many people,” said Matthew Murray FOX 5 NY. “He was the hardest worker. He was always on Queens Boulevard, always saying hello to you. He would say “Hi my friend”.
Yan’s death came less than a day after Mayor Eric Adams meet with senior police officials to discuss solutions to deal with violent incidents in the city.
Zhao set up a GoFundMe page for her husband on Sunday. So far he has raised over $45,000.
No arrests have been made to date.
Image selected via CBS New York
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