Wagswoofs – Two Brooklyn tykes who suffered critical injuries in a hammer attack that tragically took their mother’s life, found joy in the holiday season through donated gifts. Meanwhile, a fundraiser aimed at supporting them surpassed $220,000 in contributions.
Little Sophia and David, the children of Zhou Zhou, who tragically lost her life in the August attack allegedly perpetrated by her roommate Liyong Ye, were captured in a heartwarming photo. The siblings were seen standing beside a stack of Christmas presents that they received. This touching image was shared on Monday on a GoFundMe page that was created to support them during this difficult time.
“Thank you for being a part of making this holiday season magical for Sophia and David,” wrote a staffer at the Sunset Park-based nonprofit Parent Child Relationship Association, which organized the fundraising page with the permission of the children’s father, Jing Hong Liu.
“Here’s to a season filled with love, gratitude, and the joy of giving,” the post added.
According to the page, as of Monday, the fundraiser has exceeded its $200,000 goal, raising an impressive $220,739. A total of 3,000 individuals have contributed to this cause.
The charity group says the money will be used to pay for the siblings’ needed medical care, and the rest will be put in a trust for them.
Prosecutors in Brooklyn say Ye, 47, planned the horrible attack because he felt Zhou and her young family were to blame for the bad living conditions in the small apartment he shared with them on 52nd Street near 5th Avenue. Both kids were badly hurt in the attack.
In one of the beds, Ye, who is charged with murder and attempted murder, was with his 9-year-old son.
According to the authorities, the deceased woman lived in one room with her family and rented out the third room.
Police said Sophia and David, who were 3 and 5 years old at the time of the attack, were taken out of the flat in critical condition.
After spending four months in the hospital, the siblings were discharged earlier in December. Currently, they are living in an AirBnb as temporary housing with their father, as mentioned on the GoFundMe page.
On December 19th, the organizers of the page shared a list of potential Christmas gifts for the family. The wishlist included items such as toys, electric toothbrushes, and a rice cooker.
The nonprofit organization mentioned that the siblings were filled with immense joy upon receiving their gifts. The accompanying photo captures Sophia and David happily posing with a delightful cat-shaped lamp, magnetic tiles, a cuddly stuffed animal, and various other presents.