SF, NYC guards held for subway attack victim Michelle Go

About a hundred people gathered Tuesday night in Portsmouth Square in San Francisco’s Chinatown and more than 1,000 in New York City to remember Michelle Alyssa Go, a 40-year-old Bay Area native who was killed last weekend when she was pushed into the subway at Times Square station.

The San Francisco Guard, organized by Dear Community, began at 6 p.m. Friends of Go, as well as San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu, spoke at the local event.

“Michelle was a classmate in high school, and she lit up every room she was in,” he said Gary Tan by the guard in San Francisco according to ABC7 News.

Go was killed Saturday morning after being pushed onto the southbound Q train tracks at 42nd Street Times Square station, according to the New York Police Department. Authorities said she was on the train platform when she was “suddenly pushed” by a man, identified as 61-year-old Simon Martial, onto the rails in an “unprovoked” attack. Martial was later charged with murder.

Officers arrived to detect Go with “severe trauma to her body” during the train, in which she was pronounced dead by medical personnel.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 18: San Francisco attorney David Chiu speaks during a candlelight vigil for Michelle Go at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Go, a Bay Area native, was killed in a NYC subway attacks over the weekend. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

Gos family previously issued a statement, which was read by the guard: “We hope Michelle is remembered for how she lived and not just how she died. She was a beautiful, radiant, kind and intelligent woman who loved her family and friends, loved to travel the world and help others. ”

More than a thousand people also squeezed together in freezing temperatures in Times Square on Tuesday when a portrait of Go, along with other Asian American Pacific islanders killed or injured in attacks during the pandemic, smiled down at them from two large electronic billboards. That collection also included remarks from NYC Mayor Eric Adams and Democratic Representative Grace Meng from Queens.

(Center) Michelle Go is surrounded by family in a photo taken on vacation. (Photo lent by the Go family)

“As we put together this watch, I heard countless stories from her close friends and colleagues who talked about the way she lived … Michelle admitted she was the best friend anyone could have. Her friends called her the ultimate friend. , who would drop everything with a smile to take care of them, ”said Asian Fighting Injustice founder Ben Wei.

“When I lost this wonderful, young lady, Michelle’s death was ripped to my heart,” Adams said. “To see what happened to her, and to see what has happened to our city months after months.”

Go was born in Berkeley in 1981 and graduated from American High School in Fremont in 1998 before attending the University of California, Los Angeles. Go also received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and most recently worked for Deloitte.

“I was just shocked and upset – emotionally charged,” said Richard Konda, executive director of the Asian Law Alliance, which attended Santa Clara University Law School with Go’s father, Justin, in the 1970s. “Cases of violence, they hit you all, but when it’s someone you actually know, it’s even more disturbing, and it’s hard to understand why they happen.”

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 18: Frank Loui, of San Francisco, joins a candlelight vigil for Michelle Go at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Go, a native of Bay Area, was killed in a subway attacks in NYC over the weekend. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 18: People, including Pastor Norman Fong, in the center, gather for a live light vigil for Michelle Go at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco, California, Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Go, a Bay Area native, was killed in a NYC subway attack over the weekend. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 18: A woman holds a photograph of Michelle Go during a candlelight vigil for Go at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Go, a Bay Area native, was killed in a NYC subway attack over the weekend. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 18: Bilal Mahmood, one of the organizers, speaks during a live light vigil for Michelle Go at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Go, a native of Bay Area, was killed in a subway attack in NYC over the weekend. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 18: Veronica Kim and Chase TenBrook gather for a live light guard for Michelle Go at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Go, a native of Bay Area, was killed in a subway attack in NYC this weekend. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 18: People join a candlelight vigil for Michelle Go at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Go, a native of Bay Area, was killed in a subway attack in NYC over the weekend. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 18: Chin Liu, of Oakland, joins a candlelight vigil for Michelle Go at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Go, a native of Bay Area, was killed in a NYC subway attacks over the weekend. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 18: People, including Pastor Norman Fong, in the center, gather for a live light vigil for Michelle Go at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco, California, Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Go, a Bay Area native, was killed in a NYC subway attack over the weekend. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 18: Garry Tan, from San Francisco and a high school classmate with Michelle Go, speaks during a light shift for Go at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Go, a Native Bay Area, was killed in a NYC subway attack over the weekend. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

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