Chui Fong Eng’s grandchildren started the fundraiser after she and another unnamed Asian woman, in her 60s, had to have surgery after they were attacked while waiting for a bus on Tuesday.
Eng’s granddaughter, Victoria Eng, wrote that the suspect had slashed her grandmother in her arm and chest, but she was recovering well. Meanwhile, police have located a suspect, Patrick Thompson, who has been arrested over two dozen times in the last 20 years, reportedly.
Posting on the fundraiser, Victoria Eng said:
“These Asian hate crimes need to stop. Our hearts go out to all those who have been injured, killed, or affected by this wave of racist crimes toward the Asian community.
San Francisco is my home and my Grandma’s home. We need to feel safe where we live and not in constant fear. Please keep her and our family in your thoughts and prayers. Any donation would be appreciated! Thank you.”
Meanwhile, one donor said:
“There are no words that can express the sorrow and shame that I feel from these ugly acts of cruelty and racism that totally go against my values as an American citizen”.
It comes after a new study found that reported hate crimes against Asians in 16 of America’s largest cities and counties are up 164 per cent since this time last year.
A police spokesman told Newsweek that the incident has not been ruled a hate crime, but said the investigation remains active and ongoing.
“We are looking at all aspects of this incident,” he said.