by HEATHER HARLAN
A man and his teenage accomplice were arrested and charged with killing a Chinese-food deliveryman in the Bronx.
The deliveryman, Fa Hua Chen, 52, was shot in the face during a botched robbery last October, by alleged assailants Gerald Gordon, 20, and David Robinson, 15.
Gordon is accused of pulling the trigger when the two confronted Chen in a hall of a Mott Haven apartment building after the deliveryman dropped off a $9 order of food to a customer. Chen had been working at the nearby Triple A Chinese restaurant to earn money to pay for his daughter Ting’s tuition at a university in England.
Local media reports, quoting police sources, said that investigators, acting on anonymous tips, tracked down the two alleged attackers after they bragged about the killing. Police were also able to link a .38-caliber pistol used in the slaying to them, the reports said.
Police discovered the two were already in jail being held on charges stemming from other cases. They were charged in the Chen case with murder, attempted robbery and weapon possession.
At a news conference held at City Hall after the arrests were announced, Chen’s family expressed relief that the police finally had the suspects in custody.
“It has been many months since my husband, Ting’s father, was taken from us and we think of him every day,” said Chen’s widow, XiuMei Wei. “Our lives will never be the same. We look forward to justice being served.”
City Council Member John Liu organized the news conference and has been assisting the family since the murder.
“The arrest of FaHua Chen’s killers bring a huge sigh of relief from many in the community, for justice that the Chen family deserves to see, and for the strong message sent to those who think that delivery workers are easy targets,” said Liu.
Copyright 2006 Asianweek.com