100 attend Tacony vigil where restaurant owner was killed

Posted: March 01, 2012

About 100 people gathered for a candlelight vigil Thursday evening in Tacony to call for heightened police presence at the site where a businessman was killed in January.

Xiang Huang, 27, was shot to death Jan. 20 in front of his wife and baby during an attempted robbery of the takeout restaurant he and his wife owned, Jin House, at Longshore Avenue and Tulip Street.

"This is all too common for Chinese immigrants in the city, and we have lived in silence and fear for too far," said Jian Wong, 55, Philadelphia Fujian Association president.

Mabel Chan, Chinese Benevolent Association president, asked for "the city government to support the Police Department."

Police Capt. Brian Korn said he wanted more officers on the street and praised the vigil for "showing support to the family and letting the bad guys know that people are fed up."

Residents said violence in Tacony had escalated recently. Robin Stepney, 38, said, "I felt safer in the Liddonfield projects than I do here."    - Shaj Mathew

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