Fundraiser set up for night shift taxi driver killed in Sai Ying Pun

The 48-year-old driver, Wai Kim-hung, leaves behind his wife and three children. Photo: HK01
The 48-year-old driver, Wai Kim-hung, leaves behind his wife and three children. Photo: HK01

A fundraiser has been set up to assist the family of a taxi driver who was killed by a passenger last week.

The alumni association of Shek Lei Catholic Secondary School, which Wai Kim-hung attended, launched the fundraiser on Sunday.

“We are extremely saddened by alumnus Wai’s sudden tragedy, [which has caused his] family to lose its breadwinner,” the association wrote in a Facebook post. “The association’s secretariat has decided to raise money for the family to send them some warmth and help.”

Wai, 48, enrolled in the Kwai Chung school as a secondary one student in 1987.

Donations can be made to the alumni association’s bank account, or via cheque. A Google form has been created for donors to record their information and donation amount.

Wai died Tuesday morning at the hands of a passenger who allegedly stabbed him in the neck. Police arrested 31-year-old Matthew Choi on Lamma Island last Wednesday. The suspect has been held in custody at Siu Lam Psychiatric Center since.

Taxi driver Wai Kim-Hung, 48, was killed while driving the night shift in Sai Ying Pun on Oct. 12, 2021.

Local media reported that Choi also spent time in the psychiatric facility two years ago, after comments he made online about carrying out a mass shooting put him on police’s radar and led to officers searching his home.

Read more: Man who murdered taxi driver was psych patient, once threatened mass shooting

Wai lived in Tin Shui Wai with his family, according to media reports. He had over ten years’ experience driving the taxi, usually taking the night shift but often working additional hours in the day. Wai leaves behind his wife and three children aged nine, 13 and 18.

Choi appeared in court last Saturday. He did not enter a plea and did not apply for bail, according to RTHK. The hearing was adjourned to Oct. 29.

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