A grieving son in China separated by thousands of miles from his murdered mother may be able to enter the United States for her funeral.
Reps. Grace Meng and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, both Democrats from New York, assisted in securing a visa for the son of Guiying Ma who now hopes to fly in from China for the funeral, reports the Forest Hill Post.
Unfortunately, the family learned the same day they secured a visa, that all fights from China have been canceled due to the epidemic, according to a notice on a GoFundMe page. At this time its unknown when flights will resume.
As AsAmNews previously reported, Ma died on February 22 after being beaten with a rock 10 weeks earlier in New York.
She slipped into a coma after the attack but came out of it in February before dying of her injuries a week later.
Meng and Ocasio-Cortez intervened with the State Department to gain approval for the visa.
“We continue to be devastated over the passing of GuiYing Ma and our thoughts remain with her loved ones as they mourn her loss,” Meng said to QNS. “We thank the U.S. State Department for working with us and facilitating her son’s visa so that he can be with his father at this difficult time, and provide the emotional and physical support that is needed. Unfortunately, there are no words that can ease the pain they are experiencing. But we will continue to be here for them, and assist with any other needs that may arise.”
The funeral is set for March 26 at 11:00 am, at the Central Funeral Home 162-13 Sanford Ave. Flushing, NY.
A GoFundMe campaign has raised $216,000 for a memorial fund for the Ma family.
The are hoping and praying for a miracle that Ma’s son will be able to fly in to New York in time for the services.
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