The family of a woman who died after being beaten and sexually assaulted in Queens arrived in the city Monday.
Yu Yao’s mother and two other family members were granted visas and arrived at Newark Airport, three days after she was taken off life support.
Police say Yao, 23, was walking home from a grocery store in Flushing when Carlos Salazar Cruz, 28, hit her over the head, dragged her into an alley and raped her with a pipe. on 41st Road near Main Street while walking home from a grocery store in Flushing. She spent nearly a week on life support following the May 16th attack.
Earlier Monday, anti-crimes groups held a vigil against violence at the scene of her attack. They're urging others to report violence if they see it.
"I feel that it's important to send out a message to the community that it takes a village and that it's up to our neighbors to prevent crime,” said Martha Flores-Vazquez of Community Prevention Alternatives.
"Life is precious; our community's safety is precious," said Terence Park of Our Flushing Political Coalition.
"I'm very concerned because, first of all, no human life should be taken and our youth definitely should not be taken and no one should be beaten to death the way this young lady was,” added a community member.
Police say Cruz was arrested in connection with Yao’s attack after a witness called 911.
Yao had arrived in New York on a student visa from China two months ago.