Over HK$500,000 has been raised for the family of the taxi driver who died after he was stabbed by a passenger.
Family members of Wai Kim-hung, the 48-year-old who was killed earlier this month after he was stabbed in Sai Ying Pun, received HK$400,000 from the Hong Kong Taxi and Public Light Bus Association on Tuesday.
Vice-chairman of the Association Paul Lam told HKFP that a total of HK$568,060 had been raised, as some were pledged donations. Wai’s family will receive the remaining amount after all donations are collected.
Lam said that the 48-year-old had three children, and the eldest was a university student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. According to HK01, Wai’s three children were aged 18, 13, and 9.
“I told Mrs. Wai that the donations should be enough for her daughter’s four-year university fees,” said Lam. He said the money will help them have a “more stable life now – as for the other matters, we will then help them with applying to the Social Welfare Department.”
“I also told her to tell her daughter to study hard, and we will help them figure out tuition fees and other subsidies.”
Lam said that Mrs. Wai had agreed to make public her bank account details so that charities and the public can make direct donations to her.
The vice-chairman also said that the widow was now “more relaxed.” In a letter written by Wai’s daughter and signed by Mrs. Wai, the family thanked the public for their support and care.
“My husband was innocently killed, I lost the love of my life, and the children lost their father…in this difficult moment, [we] received a lot of sympathy and care from many citizens…,” the letter read. “[T]here is love in the world, we are grateful again and again.”
The family called for the killer to be punished in order to “comfort Wai’s spirit in heaven.”
HK$300k bounty for suspect
The police arrested a man on Lamma Island earlier in October who was suspected of murdering Wai.
Former chief executive Leung Chun-ying offered a HK$300,000 bounty from his “803 fund” for anyone with information leading to the arrest.
Tracy, a Lamma Island resident who found the suspect and alerted the police, said in an interview with HKFP that she was told she may get a percentage of the fund “as this is a special case.”
The suspect has been charged with murder and is currently remanded in Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre.
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