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SF Proposes Renaming Street After Elderly Asian Man Killed

A member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors introduced the idea to rename a SF street after an elderly Asian man who was murdered in the city earlier this year, NBC Bay Area reports.

Supervisor Catherine Stefani proposes to rename Sonora Lane to Vicha Ratanapakdee Way.

According to CBS Bay Area, Stefani said the killing of Ratanapakdee was “one of several senseless attacks against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community here in San Francisco.”

She also states that people should not have to fear the unthinkable while walking the streets of San Francisco.

84-year-old Ratanapakdee emigrated from Thailand to live in the Anza Vista neighborhood in the Bay Area. On January 28 of this year, two men faced charges after leaving Ratanapakdee with life-threatening injuries. Two days after the initial attack, Ratanapakdee died.

Ratanapakdee’s daughter, Monthanus Ratanapakdee, believes that the new street name will remind others that anti-AAPI violence has no place in the community.

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