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Chinese victim’s family wants hate crime charges brought in New York City murder

Ling-Heung Tsang, 64, widow of murder victim Wen Hui Ruan, was too overcome with grief to speak about his death Wednesday. Her husband was allegedly beaten and killed by Jamie Pugh in the East Village on Friday. Photos: New York Daily News

The family of a Chinese man who died after being savagely beaten in an unprovoked attack in Manhattan’s Alphabet City on Friday want his killing treated as a hate crime.

The family of a Chinese man who died after being savagely beaten in an unprovoked attack in Manhattan’s Alphabet City on Friday want his killing treated as a hate crime.

“Our whole family is in severe and deep pain,” Michelle Ruan, a daughter of victim Wen Hui Ruan, said through a Cantonese translator.

The family spoke out shortly before Ruan’s alleged killer, Jamie Pugh, was expected to be arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court.

The shocking attack was captured on surveillance video. Ruan is seen getting thrown against the wall of a building on E. 6th Street and then getting kicked repeatedly in the head before his crazed attacker turns and walks away, seemingly pleased with his work.

Jamie Pugh, 20, at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday afternoon. Photo:Pool

“We want the suspect to have the proper kind of penalty so that we feel safe to walk on the street," Ruan said. “We demand a life (sentence).”

Ruan's grieving widow, Ling-Heung Tsang, 64, sobbed as her daughter spoke of their family's tragic loss, and was too distraught to speak.

Ruan, 68, died at the hospital the day after the senseless attack near Avenue D.

Ruan Wen Hui, 68, had just dropped off his granddaughter when he was attacked on East Sixth Street. He is seen here being thrown against a wall by the suspect.

        

Mr Ruan was a father of three and a grandfather

Jamie Pugh, who the NYPD says is shown in surveillance video, was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with murder, attempted robbery and assault in Ruan Wen Hui's death.

But Robert Brown, a lawyer and retired NYPD captain who is representing Ruan's family, said authorities should probe to “see if it was motivated by hate as opposed to motivated by a robbery.”

Brown said it appeared to him there was no attempt by Pugh to get property from the victim.

Wen Hui Ruan's grieving family, from left: wife Ling-Heung Tsang and daughters Jenny and Amy Ruan.

If Pugh's murder charges were to be elevated to a hate crime, he would face a possible sentence of life in prison without parole.

Pugh was awaiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday afternoon.
His mother, Charlotte Pugh-Douglas, stuck up for her son at the courthouse.

“People are going to believe what they see on TV. My son is not like that,” she said.


 


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