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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As six people charged in connection with the murder of Chinese delivery driver Zhen Bo Liu await trial, his family is left wondering how this could happen.

Monday, WWAY met with his widow, Yin Mei Fu, who flew from China, and his son, Yu Ziu, and daughter-in-law who traveled from Canada. They say Zhen had planned to move back home in a few months.

“I try not to think at that moment what happened to him. I really can’t imagine somebody so cold blooded,” daughter-in-law Wei Wei Liu, who spoke on behalf of his widow and son.

60-year-old Zhen Bo Liu had moved to Wilmington five years ago. He was working to save up enough money to retire with his wife in China. His family says he only had a few months left.

“He already mailed his stuff back home. His clothes and a lot of stuff and he said he would enjoy retirement after,” Wei Wei Liu said.

Liu died on the job delivering an order for China King. After shooting Liu twice, police say his suspected killers sat down to eat the $48 meal just a short distance away from where police found his body slumped in a car.

Investigators say Mustafaa Friend, 15, shot Liu in the foot and Cornell Dwayne Haugabook Jr., 20, shot him in the face. Both are charged with murder.

As they plan to take Liu’s body back home, his widow hopes to see justice brought to those involved.

“We wanted to know what happened to his killers,” Wei Wei said. “We want to see them deserve what they did.”

As the three deal with funeral arrangements in Wilmington, the rest of Liu’s family in China still has no idea what happened.

“We haven’t really told them we saw his body yet, but they are still praying for him,” Wei Wei said. “They are still hoping it’s not him. Hopefully he can rest in peace.”

The family is setting up a trust fund for his widow to offset funeral and travel expenses. Donations can be mailed or delivered to the offices of Alley Register McEachern at 701 N. 4th Street in Wilmington, or at any local Wells Fargo branch. Any checks should be made payable to “Alley Register McEachern Trust Account FBO Zhen Bo Liu.”

There are funeral expenses and unexpected travel expenses that are expected to amount to about $10,000, which the family hopes to offset by donations.

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  • Guestsnc

    From today’s Star News: As of Wednesday afternoon, the family had received $3,482 from people across the community and beyond.

    If you are able please send in a donation for this family; they need not only signed cards and murmured condolences — they have asked for financial support.

    We as a community have a right to be outraged by this murder. Channeling our outrage into financial support could be one step toward healing for this family and for Wilmington.

    Please donate $$ if possible!

  • Lauren Secero

    To the family of this man,my deepest heartfelt sympathy,Wilmington has lost a fine hardworking citizen. I feel ashamed of our beautiful city for it will be forever tarnished my this senseless unforgiveable act. Your family can never ever replace your cherished one. I refuse to loose hope in our youth today. This horrendous crime does not represent my 18 yearold or 15 year old son and his friends,I have raised them with a tight hold,being a single mother myself. Youth need guidance and morales from birth. Please if you are reading this share this story with your children,involve them in the comunity,church sports and most of all family. There is hope for tomorrow but it takes a VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD. Much love and Peace
    !

  • Guest415

    Undisciplined children, abused weapon, thug culture and merciless heart – This is how American is going downhill.

  • Rick Wilson

    The victims family should be the ones to choose which form of execution these defendants receive. I hope nobody starts with the rehabilitation rant, you can not rehabilitate soulless animals. It is way past time for the parents and families to start caring before they become murderers. If all the love and care they claim was applied from birth, along with discipline, I think tragedies such as this would become less frequent.

  • GuestSammy

    What about the judge that let this guy out?
    White has pending charges of larceny, having a weapon on school property, drug possession, discharging a firearm in the city limits and breaking and entering, according to court records.

    Should that be public so we can vote him out?

  • HARRY

    I’M SO SORRY FOR WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MR.ZHEN AND MY HEART FELT SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY. NO ONE SHOULD EVERY HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT HIS FAMILY IS SUFFERING AND THE OFFENDERS SHOULD BE HAVE ALL OF THE LAW CAN MUSTER TO GET JUSTICE FOR THE FAMILY. COME ON BLACK BROTHERS AND SISTERS DON’T YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE. WE HAVE TO STOP WAITING ON SOMETHING TRAGIC LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN, BEFORE WE ACT. WE SHOULD BE OUTRAGED THAT A FEW MISS GUIDED HAS GIVEN OUR COMMUNITY A DARK SIDE. WHEN WILL WE STAND FOR WHAT IS RIGHT AND START HELPING THE POLICE STAMP OUT THESE CRIMINALS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

  • 1981duke

    We might disagree on some core issues,not this one.
    Thanks WWAY on beind so pro-active on this core community issue.
    I have lived in 6-7 different cities,can not remember something as “horrible’ for this family.
    Let us hope justice is served,however the family must “suffer” for no reason at all..
    No sentence is too harsh/rigid.

  • Susank

    To have reached this state of depravity didn’t happen in an instant: this has been a slow-moving storm, one that some must have known was coming. The entire community needs to rally, to be looking after one another and make sure parents are raising their kids to be good citizens. In many cases it’s the mothers raising the children, very often on their own and having to work excessive hours just to get by. Girls think twice before you choose to have a baby; think long and hard about the partners you choose and whether they’ll be stepping up as father figures. And if you do end up a single mother, it is your DUTY to raise your child with lots of love and encouragement, good values, and close supervision. Men step up. Be a dad: be a mentor to someone who doesn’t have a dad. There’s a lot of inequity out there but you only hurt yourself when you make the decision to “hang” with no goals, no direction. I wear my “Mom hat” at all times and will step in when I see something that’s not right. We all need to do that, for our safety as well as for a better community. Churches are a great source of support, spiritually as well as otherwise.

  • The Main Man

    Cruel and unusual punishment should be used on these FOOLS. What the — is wrong with those Crack smoking morons. They should be tortured and shown what pain is.

  • ChefnSurf

    Looks like there just might be some light at the end of the tunnel after all.

    Again, thank you.

  • Guest123456789

    What a sad story. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family. Why is this not being covered by the major news outlets? I can guess why but will keep my rants to myself. And why are people calling the murderers “kids” and “people”? They do not even deserve to be called animals, that would be an insult to animals.

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