Family Of Slain San Francisco Teen Struggles With Funeral Costs

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The family of a 16 year old boy who was fatally shot in San Francisco’s Silver Terrace neighbored is making a plea for help because they can’t afford the funeral for their only child.

Andy Zeng was shot to death on April 10th. A 15-year-old boy has been charged with his murder and 18-Year-old Jimmy Lei was charged as an accessory to murder.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

Zeng’s family said Thursday that they are struggling to raise money for the boy’s funeral.

”It’s difficult for Chinese culture to ask for the public to contribute, but this time we ask for everyone to be involved in it,” said Francis Chen who is counseling the Zeng family.

The two suspects are also accused of attempted arson for allegedly trying to dispose of the body. An attorney for the 15-year-old said that the boy thought the gun was unloaded.

But Andy Zeng’s father said through an interpreter, that he believes his son’s death was planned.

”I hope that justice will prevail,” he said. “We want justice for my son.”

Donations for the Zeng family can be made at any Cathay Bank.

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  • Mike

    I am sorry for there loss, I truly am! However they need to learn to speak english would they have dontaed to a homeless person? an AIDS ride? would they shop without asking for a discount or something free? yes it all sounds a bit racist but I honestly am tired of these people in SF that dont speak a word of english asking for handouts or free food, If it were me and my son they would ignore us and walk past without dropping a dime to help

    • J

      So what if they might not have donated to homeless people on the streets or third-world countries? Perhaps you are Chinese, perhaps you are not. But from your response, you surely haven’t experienced the hardships of a Chinese-American immigrant. I admit that I never experienced the hardships of a Chinese-American immigrant first-hand, but my parents and relatives have. Any American illiterate in English, like my parents and the victim’s parents, have all suffered through the hardships of working 8+ hours at minimum wage or less, struggling to feed and look over the family with the little money they have. So how are you to judge them when you have never been in a situation like that? Heck, if I had more money, I wouldn’t mind donating to non-profit organizations for a better cause and others would probably too. But, they may not be a situation like that. From what you’re saying, its like saying, “Why donate to Japan after that massive earthquake and tsunami? Some of those people in Japan never did anything nice and donate to others.” Sure, the death of a son is at a smaller scale compared to an earthquake and tsunami, but both have the same impact on families — bringing hardship and grief.

    • Nancy

      To Mike: Do you even have any kind of heart to feel at all????? What if that’s your son???? I think you don’t, how can you say something like this. You are racist to all the Chinese people here. We are the hard working people in the whole wide world, not like some lazy ass people sit on the street to ask for money. Go walk on the streets around San Francisco. You will see what I mean.

    • Nadia

      Speaking english or not has nothing to do with anything here. A lot of people come to this country to make a better life for themselves an their families. They work hard and struggle as well. You wouldn’t know if they did or did not donate to all the causes that you mentioned. They’re asking for help to pay for the funeral of their son, not for money to go to the liquor store.

    • Luis

      Dear Mike, you need tolearn as well how to preperly write in English. It is not “there lost” It is “their lost.” There are as well several places where a period would have been needed. :)

      • ame

        Actually the correct way is, their loss.

    • todd

      an eye for am eye makes the whole world blind. Be the first one to step up and make a change….

    • India Rodrigues

      I understand your frustration. I have to wonder if you would feel the same way if you were the parent who lost a child? It is clear that you’re frustrated over the diverse community in which you live. This isn’t about the parents begging on the street for money for some unknown cause. Its about two parents who want to bury their son who was stolen from them at a young age. They are deeply hurting. Why is it wrong that the out of work construction worker father asks for help to bury his son? This isn’t a language issue. Its about simple human compassion. I don’t feel you’re racist. I honestly think you’re frustrated with the situation around you. You can help change that too. You can help teach those who cannot speak English to do so. There are churches etc…that need volunteers who actually have programs that do this. Be a part of the solution if you have a complaint. You have the power to change what you do not like (only if you want change bad enough).

  • genomega1

    How can this be in the city where people say they care so much about people and the poor? Try Nancy Pelosi shes worth $21 million maybe she could spare some pocket change.

  • L

    My prayer goes to the victim and the family. kind a suck to see people leaving racist comments on Earth. Have a great Easter.


  • HooDatIS?

    he was such a handsome young man….God Bless this family

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