A 62-year-old Asian woman described as a “gentle”Person who “helps everybody”She was brutally attacked outside her Queens residence in an attack police believe to be a hate crime.
GuiYing Ma was attacked on Friday, allegedly by Elisaul Perez, 33, who is accused of bashing her in the head with a rock as she was sweeping the street outside of her Jackson Heights apartment.
Perez was charged with assault and possession of a weapon. Perez was not charged for a hate crime.
ABC 7 News reported that Ma was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where she is currently listed in critical condition. However, she is expected to survive.
Ma’s landlord, Yihung Hsieh, said he felt “so guilty” “so sick”The news outlet reported the news after he learned about the tenant.
“I feel so guilty because she’s helping me. She’s helping me to sweeping but now she faces such an accident,” Hsieh said.
On Saturday, Hsieh created a GoFundMe for Ma, who he explained doesn’t have medical insurance and lost jobs after the pandemic, and said that her husband works for a restaurant cleaning company.
“Their son and two grandchildren are all in China. Besides her husband, no other families in the U.S.,” Hsieh wrote. “I’m here to ask if anyone who would like to help her.”
Since the fundraiser was created, donations have been pouring in. As of Monday, more than 1,700 donations were submitted totaling more than $73,000 offering messages of hope.
One person wrote: “It broke my heart when I found out about this. I hope we reach the goal and for a speedy recovery.”
“Asian Lives Matter,” wrote another.
The police said that the Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attack, ABC 7 reported.