Congressmember Grace Meng is working on getting emergency visas for the brother and the son of Junwoon Li, whose body was discovered floating in Flushing Creek on Tuesday, February 26, so they can bring her home.
The U.S. Embassy in Beijing has already approved a visitor’s visa for Li’s brother, according to Meng’s office.
“This terrible loss of life is a horrible tragedy,” said Meng. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the victim’s family and friends, and we’ll do all we can to assist them.”
Li, 46, was a Korean national of Chinese descent, and her brother and son both live in China, according to Meng’s office. Li came to the United States on February 5 for what was expected to be a three-month stay. She was last seen on Friday, February 22, however, leaving a Flushing karaoke bar. Police currently do not believe the death was a homicide, nor was any foul play involved.
Assemblymember Ron Kim was contacted by friends of Li and, because it is a federal issue, reached out to Meng for help.
“This is a terrible and sad tragedy,” he said. “I will assist Congressmember Meng and her staff with any local or state matters that can help alleviate some of the burden facing the victim’s family.”
There is no set time frame on when Li’s brother, and possibly her son, will arrive in New York to bring her body back to China.