Hongkongers have donated over HK$1.6 million, as of 4pm Wednesday, to provide emergency relief funds for the family of a deceased 7-eleven convenience store owner, 39-year-old Cheng Ka-pui, according to the company’s spokesperson. Cheng passed away on Monday after being stabbed last Tuesday in his shop at Yau Ma Tei.
The attack happened at a 7-Eleven store on Pitt Street, where CCTV records showed the two men arguing before the suspect stabbed Cheng with a 20 centimetre-long knife. Cheng had reportedly discovered the perpetrator shoplifting a packet of crisps and a carton of chocolate milk.
7-Eleven announced on its Facebook page this Tuesday that it would begin a campaign to raise money for the wife and newborn child that Cheng has left behind. Netizens uploaded photographs of the receipts from their donations on the company’s Facebook page.
The company’s spokesperson said that all the funds will be given to the family. Further donations are welcome. In addition to the emergency relief fund to help Cheng’s family, the company has also said that it will help with making after-death arrangements.
A 32-year-old man has been arrested for the crime and appeared in court last Saturday. The police have now reclassified the case from attempted murder to murder.