The Asian woman who was attacked by a man with a rock in New York City has died after spending 10 weeks in a coma, The Guardian reports.
GuiYing Ma, 61, was attacked on November 26 while sweeping the sidewalk of an empty property in the North Corona neighborhood of Queens, The New York Times reports. According to witnesses, a man struck her in the head with a large rock.
Yihung Hsieh, the owner of the empty property, set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for Ma’s medical expenses. He told CNN that the 61-year-old had to have surgery on her brain.
Ma spent 10 weeks in a coma after the attack and woke up in early February, according to The Guardian. She could raise her arm but could not speak.
On February 22, at 9:29 p.m. Ma died at NYC Health & Hospitals/Elmhurst due to complications from her injuries, CNN reports.
Police arrested Elisaul Perez, 33, near the scene and charged him with assault and harassment, The New York Times reports.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams expressed his grief on Monday after Ma’s death was announced publicly.
“This is a tragedy. GuiYing Ma was a New Yorker and she deserved better than this,” the mayor wrote in a tweet. “Our city mourns her today. And we recommit to protecting our Asian communities and every community from hatred and violence.”
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