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Family, Friends Mourn Loss Of Man Pushed To Death In Front Of Subway

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Friends and family mourned the death of a man who was pushed to his death in front of a train Wednesday night after police made an arrest in the case earlier in the day. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Loved ones and friends attended a wake for Ki-Suck Han Wednesday night in Flushing at the Edward Jamie Funeral Home and Chapel.

Earlier in the day, his family spoke out about the tragedy. Han's daughter and wife gathered at their family church to meet with their pastor, City Comptroller John Liu and Korean community groups.

They expressed their gratitude for the condolences and prayers they have received since Han was hit and killed by a train at a Manhattan subway station.

"I just really wish I had one last chance to tell my dad how much I loved him," said Ashley Han, Ki-Suck Han's daughter.

Police say Naeem Davis shoved Han onto the tracks Monday. Amateur video showed them arguing on the platform.

People on the platform took photos and video of the incident, and there are lots of questions being asked about why it seems no one tried to help Han get off the tracks before the train rolled into the station at 49th Street and Seventh Avenue.

"The thought of someone helping him up in a matter of seconds would have been great, but, yeah, like I said, what happened has happened."

Police officially arrested Davis Wednesday. He is described as a homeless man who sometimes helped street vendors in Midtown. He's charged with second-degree murder.

"The family is obviously relieved that a suspect had been apprehended, and they would like to see full justice served, but their focus is on grief for their loss," Liu said.

Han came to the U.S from Korea 25 years ago. His family said he was a good man.

"My dad was always someone who wanted to pursue the American dream," Ashley Han said. "He really enforced my education, and he was just always there for me."

The family did not want to discuss reports Han had been drinking and arguing with his wife before he argued with Davis on the platform. They said this is a time for them to grieve the man they loved.

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