Neighboring community store, Grocery Outlet in Altadena, is joining in fundraising efforts for the family of a Mingzhi Zhu, the 42-year old South Pasadena resident, husband, and father who was shot and killed last week during a shooting rampage in Los Angeles.
The event located at 2270 Lake Ave, Altadena is host to several participating LA food trucks — Savage Tacos, The Tropic Truck, Dulce Europa Shaved Ice, Veggie Bomb, and Smile and Say Richeeze. They all will donate 20% of their proceeds to the Zhu family. It will run from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., May 7.
Community members and organizations from South Pasadena and adjacent cities have pooled together resources, making significant contributions and offering support to the grieving family, with the GoFundMe page exceeding the initial $50,000 goal within the first 24 hours alone. As of May 5, that number has propelled to over $277,000.
Zhu was shot in another tragic display of senseless and irrational gun violence in the early morning hours of April 27. The sole financial provider for his wife, Qingchao Li, with whom he immigrated from China in 2016, he also leaves behind an 8-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. Zhu was working as an Uber driver near downtown LA when he was killed.
South Pasadena Chinese-American Club President, Yuki Catcheon, responded to the outpouring of financial and emotional support on behalf of Zhu’s family on April 29, saying:
“(The) Mingzhi Zhu family appreciates the vast outpour of care and support from the LA community, especially from South Pasadena and from the church. They would like to thank everyone who has so graciously donated to the Go Fund Me and who have signed up for meal delivery. The Zhu family wishes to thank the South Pasadena Police Department for their full support and being with the family in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy as well as the South Pasadena Chinese-American Club.
Mingzhi family came to Southern California from China to pursue the American dream – freedom, prosperity and good education. Before moving to the US, Mingzhi was a beloved high school teacher. As an athletic basketball player, Mingzhi loved to coach children’s basketball and other sports. Since moving to California, Mingzhi worked hard and diligently to provide for his family. He enjoyed teaching his 8 year old son sports and playing with his sweet 2 year old daughter, who would wait every day by the window for him to come home from work. He loved this land of freedom, the South Pasadena community and their neighbors. His family and friends will miss him always and dearly.”