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‘I’m still in disbelief:’ Daughter of subway push victim speaks out

Posted at 4:58 PM, Dec 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-06 08:59:42-05

We may never know how the exchange between victim and assailant – caught on cell phone video – actually began.

But Ashley Han says she is still trying to cope as she wonders whether anyone – including a freelance photographer and several commuters – may have had the opportunity to help her father, Ki-Suck Han, after he was fatally pushed into the path of an oncoming Q-train Monday morning.

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Ashley Han, daughter of the subway push victim speaks at a press conference

“The thought of someone helping him up in a matter of seconds would have been great. But like I said, what has happened has happened,” Han told reporters.

The Han family held a news conference today, inside the family church, in an effort to ultimately regain some sense of privacy. They were surrounded by leaders within the Korean-American community, and city comptroller John Liu.

“They emigrated here 25-years ago, and both Mr. and Mrs. Han worked as Ashley got her education right here in New York City,” said Liu.

Ashley is a 20-year old junior at Hunter College. Her mother, Serim Han, is disabled. Ki-Suck spent the last several years struggling to care for his family.

“My dad was always someone who wanted the American dream, he really enforced my education, and he was always there for me. And it’s really devastating that he’s gone and I’m still in disbelief,” said Ashley.

There was no mention at the news conference of reports that Han had reportedly argued with his wife Monday morning in their Elmhurst Queens apartment, and had been drinking at the time of his encounter with suspect Naeem Davis before Davis pushed him onto the tracks.

Davis has since confessed to the crime.

Funeral services for Ki-Suck will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday in Flushing.