( 4UMF NEWS ) Robber Fatally Shoots Chef:
Former Sunday school teacher Hwang Yang, 26, was left bleeding in the middle of a leafy Riverdale street around 12:30 a.m. – a bullet lodged in his chest – as his adoring mom fretted he was late returning to the family’s home just two blocks away, police and family sources said.
He often called for a ride home from his Kingsbridge subway stop, but this time he made the trek up West 232nd St. alone, a grieving relative said.
“He usually would call his dad to pick him up. Today he just decided to walk up,” cousin Peter Han, 30, said. “Maybe he just didn’t want his dad driving in the rain.”
Mom Hyun Sub Yang, 50, a nail salon worker, wailed in pain and pounded on the iron gate in front of the family’s home Thursday after a trip to view her only son’s body.
“She kept calling him (last night), and no one answered,” friend Ji Park, 52, a nearby grocery owner, said.
Hyun Sub Yang later clutched one of her son’s shirts to her face for a trip to meet the family’s pastor.
“She has his clothes,” Park said. “She said, ‘I have to be smelling him.’”
Park said the heartbroken mom blames herself.
“She says, ‘I should have picked him up at the train station,’” Park said.
Relatives said Yang’s iPhone was a prized possession, a rare luxury he purchased last October.
His dreams were cut short when a gunman in a gray hooded sweatshirt opened fire on 232nd St. near Ewen Park, a witness said.
Park said she previously urged Yang’s mother to make the dutiful son take an express bus home from work, but the former Sunday school teacher at St. John Nam Church on White Plains Rd. was counting his pennies.
“The boy, he doesn’t want to pay $5.50 (for the bus). He’s working hard. He’s trying to save money. He’s not a fooling-around boy. He’s very responsible. He never asked his mother for money,” Park said.
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