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Almost $35K raised for family of sushi house murder victim

The community has donated almost $35,000 to help the young family of a Burnaby murder victim, says SUCCESS, the social service agency that helped establish the trust fund.

Huong "Andy" Tran owned Royal Oak Sushi House in South Burnaby where he and employee Chinh (Vivian) Diem Huynh were shot to death on May 27.

The prime suspect in the homicides and the attempted murder of his former landlord is former security guard Angus Mitchell, who had both the restaurant and Huynh on a lengthy hit list before he was killed in a shootout with police in Maple Ridge on May 30.

Tran, who was the sole breadwinner of his family, left behind his wife, Yuzhe Zhong, and two sons, aged two and five. His family contacted SUCCESS shortly after his death seeking assistance.

Donations were accepted at five SUCCESS service centres as well as financial institutions. As of July 10, almost $34,741 had been collected.

“I am very grateful to the community for the support I received at this very difficult time," said Zhong in a press release. "I thank each and every donor who gave donations. I also thank the many persons at SUCCESS and SUCCESS Foundation for the assistance they provided to me to deal with the aftermath of this tragedy.”

Maggie Ip, chair of the SUCCESS Foundation said the agency has supported the visa application for Zhong's mother to come to Vancouver from China to help take care of the two children.

“The outpouring financial support to the family within one month shows that our Metro Vancouver community does care for each other," Ip said. "In addition to the management of the trust fund, we shall provide on-going support and assistance to the family."

Donations can be made at any TD Bank branch and other financial institutions to the "SUCCESS Foundation in Trust – Yuzhe Zhong," account number 004-9720-5240599 and transit number 9720.

The other victim, Chinh "Vivian" Diem Huynh, was a single mother to a four-year-old daughter. SUCCESS officials said the agency had made an appeal through the Chinese media for her family to contact them if they are in need of assistance but had yet to hear from them.

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