By Rebecca Henely
A Flushing organization has been collecting donations to assist the family of Ki-Suk Han, a 58-year-old Elmhurst resident who was pushed in front of a downtown Manhattan-bound Q train last week, leaving his disabled wife and young daughter heartbroken.
Korean Community Services, which hosts multiple programs and senior centers, has started a collection called “Community Fund for Mr. Han,” which will go to his wife Serim and his daughter Ashley.
Naeem Davis, a 30-year-old homeless man, allegedly shoved Han onto the tracks Dec. 3 in the subway station near 49th Street and 7th Avenue around 12:30 p.m., according to the NYPD. Han was hit by the oncoming train and taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Manhattan, where he died around 1 p.m., authorities said.
Davis has been charged with second-degree intentional murder and second-degree depraved indifference murder, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
He was arraigned Dec. 5 at a court house in lower Manhattan and ordered held without bail.
Davis told the New York Post that Han had been intoxicated and started a fight with him, although the Post reported other witnesses said Davis was the aggressor. Davis also claimed he was stoned and under the influence of marijuana when the confrontation occurred, the Post reported.
Han’s wife and college-age daughter were grieving and requested privacy at a news conference last week in Maspeth with city Comptroller John Liu at Faith Presbyterian Church, at 53-71 72nd Place.
Korean Community Services said funds for Han’s survivors can be sent to 35-56 149th St., Flushing, NY 11358.
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