[Miami, Florida - May 17, 2007] OCA-South Florida Chapter, Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association and other Asian organizations are distressed to hear the news of a Chinese restaurant owner, Wai ‘Ray’ Ng, being killed by a robber Sunday evening, 5/13, at his family’s Tamarac restaurant.
As a result of this tragedy, OCA-South Florida Chapter and Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association join forces with the North Miami Beach Police Department and Coral Springs Police Department to hold two Crime Prevention Community Forums to address the issues of protecting oneself when a crime occurs and how to minimize potential risks of a crime.
The two forums are as follows:
Date: Monday, 5/21/2007
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Presenter: North Miami Beach Police Department
Location: Ronald A. Silver Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Center
Room 6 and 7
17051 NE 19 Avenue
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Date: Tuesday, 5/22/2007
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Presenter: Coral Springs Police Department
Location: Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association
Chinese Community Center (Ramblewood Plaza)
8343 W Atlantic Blvd
Coral Springs, FL 33071
“This kind of robbery happens to the Thai community as well,” says Khanya Moolsiri, President of Thai-American Association of South Florida. “It is good to give workshops on crime prevention so our community will know how to handle this kind of situation and minimize any loss of life.”
“The killing was totally senseless and a young promising life snuffed out like a candle,” says Afonso Wong, President of Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association. “We are glad that the Coral Springs Police Department will join us to give tips on how to minimize potential risks of being robbed.”
“It is a tragedy to see a friend killed in such cold blood and a hard-working family broken up. Over the years, we have heard many of these rubbery incidents targeting restaurant owners, not only Chinese but also Thai restaurants and others,” states Winnie Tang, Chapter President of OCA-South Florida Chapter. “It is very important to address the safety issue faced by Chinese restaurants and retail merchants. We are gratified that Chief Linda Loizzo, North Miami Beach Police Department, will change her schedule to work with us right away to give a presentation on crime prevention to minimize any potential risks to our community.”
The Chinese community will also collect donations to be used as part of a “wanted” reward to catch Wai ‘Ray’ Ng’s killer. Anyone interested in a donation, please issue a check payable to “CSCCA” and memo “For Ray” and mail to CACCA – 8343 W Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs, FL 33071.
Supporting organizations: United Chinese Association of Florida, On Leong Chinese Merchant Association, Florida Chinese Federation, Thai-American Association of Florida, Korean American Business Association, NANAY, Inc., among others.
For more information, please call CSCCA at 954-753-4388 or Winnie Tang, OCA-South Florida Chapter, at 305-753-8791 or visit OCA-South Florida webpage: http://khuang.com/OCA-SFL.