The widow of Paul Cheng Ka-pui, the storekeeper who was stabbed to death in his 7-Eleven store in Yau Ma Tei, issued a statement Thursday thanking the public for its support, Apple Daily reported.
It made her feel warm and loved, Cheng said, but she said she would rather not reveal for the time being the amount of the donations her family had received and hopes others will understand.
In the statement, she said the whole family is in grief because of its loss.
She said she hopes the public will understand and give the family time and space to deal with the funeral issues.
In a separate statement, a representative of 7-Eleven Hong Kong said its donation campaign will end on March 24.
All the donations will be transferred to Cheng’s family after being audited by an independent auditor.
Since Wednesday morning, all 7-Eleven outlets in Hong Kong have been accepting donations from people who would like to lend support to Cheng’s family.
7-Eleven Hong Kong said the firm collected HK$1.6 million within eight hours after the campaign started.
People keep showing their support to the family.
There are more than 10 bunches of flowers outside the 7-Eleven franchised store in Pitt Street where the storekeeper was stabbed by a man who he tried to stop leaving without having paid for a bag of potato chips.
Chow Luen-kiu, chairman of the Hong Kong Construction Industry Employees General Union, went to the 7-Eleven outlet to make a donation in person.
He said his office is in the neighborhood, and he used to shop at the convenience store from time to time.
“He [Cheng] was a nice guy,” Chow said. “It’s very sad that it was just about a bag of potato chips.”
HK$1.6 mln in donations collected for storekeeper’s family (March 17, 2016)
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