Chinatown residents honor slain robbery victims
Hundreds of Chinatown neighbors and friends of two men killed during an apparent robbery last weekend gathered Wednesday night to honor their lives with traditional Chinese ceremonies.
They lit hundreds of candles, which lined the fence outside an apartment building in the 1200 block of South Wells, along with flowers and various signs reading "We demand justice," "Asian lives matter" and "All lives matter."
One by one, several close friends of Huayi Bian, 36, and Weizhong Xiong, 38 -- who were killed in the Sunday attack -- spoke in Chinese about the community's loss and to express that they are fed up with crime in the neighborhood.
"We're here to protect our community," said Darien Lin, a Chinatown resident who has been best friends with Bian and Xiong for about a decade. "They were very friendly and caring people that the world lost. We still can't believe it."
Lin said Bian and Xiong had both moved to the U.S. from Shenyang, China. They both have families who still live in China that they haven't seen in several years since moving out of the country.
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