FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2008
Schumer Goes To Bat For Family Of Columbia Phd Student Killed Last Week - Makes Direct Appeal To State Department To Approve Travel Visa For Grief Stricken Parents
Parents of Minghui Yu, Who Was Killed Friday After He Was Chased in the Streets During an Assault, Have Not Yet Received US Visa to Leave China to Retrieve Their Son 's Body
Senator Asks Beijing Embassy Fast-Track Whatever Travel Documents and Visas Are Necessary to Ensure Parents Can Come to NYC As Soon As Possible
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer made a direct appeal to the State Department asking it to immediately give the grieving parents of Minghui Yu, the slain Columbia PhD student killed on Friday, permission to travel to
“These parents have already suffered such a great loss and do not deserve to now be caught in a bureaucratic morass,” Schumer said. “We need all hands on deck to make sure Minghui Yu’s parents are treated respectfully and fairly during this difficult time. Minghui Yu was part of the
According to news reports, on Friday two teens accosted Yu as he walked south on Broadway from his girlfriend's apartment to his apartment in the Morningside Heights neighborhood, just before 9 p.m. Yu had just crossed from the northeast corner of West 122nd Street to the median when one of the teens punched him. Yu fought back, managed to break free and dashed across Broadway's southbound lanes, where a Jeep Cherokee struck him. The driver of the vehicle has not been charged.
Yu, who came to the
Schumer said that Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, faculty and local community groups are trying to help the Yu family obtain the necessary paperwork and approvals to leave
“It is the least we can do to help this family and the entire
Schumer today wrote to Michael Regan, Consul General to the Beijing Embassy, asking him to personally intervene on the Yu family’s behalf.
Last year, Schumer helped secure travel permission for Mamadou Soumare, the father of victims of a tragic fire in the Bronx, to travel to and from
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