GuiYing Ma: Asian woman attacked by man with stone dies, family says

In November, GuiYing Ma, 61, was sweeping the sidewalk of an empty property in Jackson Heights when a man allegedly hit her in the head repeatedly with a large rock, injuring her face and head, said the police at the time.

A day after the attack, the New York Police Department arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the crime. This man was later identified as Elisaul Perez.

Perez faces three felony charges, including one charge of assault with intent to disfigure and dismember and one charge of assault with intent to seriously injure someone with a weapon. He also faces a charge of criminal possession of a weapon.

Perez is due in court on April 12 for another hearing. Queens Law Associates attorney David Strachan, who represents Perez, declined to comment.

Yihung Hsieh, the owner of the Jackson Heights property, set up a GoFundMe page to help cover Ma’s medical bills following the attack. He told CNN that Ma had to undergo surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain.

Ma died at 9:29 p.m. on February 22 at NYC Health & Hospitals/Elmhurst due to complications from a blunt impact head injury, Hsieh said in a post on GoFundMe.

“The attack permanently damaged the right side of Ms. Ma’s brain. But the love between Ms. Ma and her husband, Mr. Zhanxin Gao, remained,” reads the GoFundMe page.

In early February – around 10 weeks after the attack – Ma woke up from her coma, the GoFundMe said. She was “able to raise her hand in response to Mr. Gao even though she couldn’t speak yet.”

When she woke up, Ma was able to move her right arm and right leg, CNN affiliate WABC reported.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force was investigating the crime in November. CNN contacted the NYPD on Monday for the latest information on this investigation.

The NYPD has created an Asian Hate Crimes Task Force after an increase in attacks against Asian Americans during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Between March 19, 2020 and September 30, 2021, 10,370 hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the country were reported to Stop Hate AAPI, a center that tracks reports of racism and discrimination. against Asian Americans.

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