Al Dia: Woman dies after being pushed onto subway tracks in New York City

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Michelle Go worked in strategy and operations at Deloitte. Credit: LinkedIn

By Brittany Valentine/Al Dia

The Chinese-American woman’s death has once again heightened fears of Anti-Asian crimes in the city.

On Saturday, Jan. 15, at around 9:30 a.m, a woman was pushed to her death in front of an oncoming train at a New York City subway station near 42nd Street and Broadway.

The 40-year-old woman, identified as Chinese-American Michelle Go, was shoved onto the tracks and struck by a southbound R train and pronounced dead at the scene.

While it’s not clear that the attack was race related, it does raise concerns amid a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in NYC and around the country. Police officials said the killing, and whether it was a hate crime, is under investigation. But they did note that the first woman that Martial allegedly approached was not Asian.

“The latest attack causing the death of an Asian-American woman in the Times Square subway station is particularly horrifying for our community,” said Margaret Fung, executive director of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Fung said the community is still grieving the Dec. 31 death of Yao Pan Ma, a Chinese immigrant who was assaulted in April while collecting cans in East Harlem.

“These attacks have left Asian Americans across the city and across the country feeling vulnerable and they must stop,” Fung said in a statement.