Family of man pushed on subway tracks speaks
by Andrew Pavia
Dec 12, 2012 | 10099 views | 1 1 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Serim Han, Ki-Suck Han's wife, Comptroller John Liu, and Ashley Han.
Serim Han, Ki-Suck Han's wife, Comptroller John Liu, and Ashley Han.
The family of the 58-year-old Elmhurst man who was pushed to his death from a Manhattan subway platform spoke to members of the press in the basement of the family's Maspeth church.

As Serim Han, the wife of Ki-Suck Han, read a statement in Korean she cried and shielded her face from the media.

Han was killed by a Q train after being shoved off of the platform at a Times Square subway stop after he got into a verbal altercation with a deranged man who was yelling at and harassing straphangers on Monday, Dec. 3.

Daughter Ashley Han, 20, said that her father was someone who helped members of the community and would not turn his back if needed. She said she is relying on her family, friends and church to help her get through her father's death.

“I really wish I had a chance to tell him how much I loved him,” she said.

Reverend Won Tae Cho of Faith Presbyterian Church said that in the same way that Han helped members of the church, they would in turn help his family now. Cho said the church has set up a fund that will cover medical, funeral, school and living expenses for the family.

Which is important, because Han was responsible for providing for the family due to his wife's disability and his daughter's focus on college.

Police eventually arrested 30-year-old homeless man Naeem Davis and charged him with Han's murder.

“The family is obviously relieved that the suspect has been apprehended, and they would like to see full justice served,” said Comptroller John Liu, who accompanied the family last week. “Right now their focus is still on grieving.”

Han immigrated to the United States from Korea 25 years ago and his family said he was always chasing the American dream. His priority was to find a way to get his daughter through college, and Ashley said her father was very focused on her schooling.

When the family was asked if they were concerned that no one tried to help Han, Ashley said, “the though of someone helping him up in a matter of seconds would have been great, but what happened has happened.”

Photo of Ki-Suk Han.

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December 30, 2012
I am not sure if I am more sickened by the fact that this man was pushed by a mentally ill man or by the fact that a man took the time to take a picture instead of trying to help this man get off the tracks. He could have potentially saved his life. The man who took the picture should be charged with indecency. What a sick person. This poor family now has to suffer.