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Community gathers to honor Michelle Go one year later

Hundreds of people gathered at a vigil on Sunday, marking the one-year anniversary of Michelle Go’s murder, FOX 5 NY reports.

Go was killed on January 15, 2022, after being pushed onto the subway tracks at Times Square as a train approached. Martial Simon, an unhoused man who was convicted of killing Go, was sentenced indefinitely to a psychiatric facility in April 2022.

According to FOX 5 NY, a Virtual Day of Healing’ hosted by the Angry Asian Womxn Group coincided with Sunday’s vigil. Many Asian American women are still processing the deaths of Go, Christina Yuna Lee and the Asian American women victims of the Atlanta spa shootings.

“You can’t help but think – that could have been me, that could have been a friend of mine,” Sarinya Srisakul, former president of United Women Firefighters, told FOX 5 NY. “What was different about her?”

The New York Times published an op-ed from Go’s father, Justin Go, on the anniversary of her death.

“She had a passion for life, respect for others, dignity and self-respect. Above all, she held faith and hope in the goodness of others. She was then, and remains now, a wondrous child to us,” he wrote.

In the op-ed, he also called for the community to come together to build a safer community. He believes that while we should protect one another, the solutions should also involve caring for the people Martial Simon.

“Real change comes with meaningful preventive measures. This requires, among other things, adequate and continued funding for housing, treatment and other programs. We need to begin working on those solutions now, urgently, together as a community. We need to have true resolve and continued commitment so that we can honor the spirit of Michelle’s life,” he wrote.

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