Meng works to secure visas for family of woman found dead in Flushing, Queens
Mar 4, 2013
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) announced today that she is working to secure visas for the family of Junwoon Li, the Korean national of Chinese descent who was found dead in Flushing Bay in Queens.
The 46-year-old Li was discovered floating in the bay on Tuesday after she had been missing for four days. Her brother and son, who reside in China, are seeking emergency visas to New York so that they can bring her body back to Beijing. Meng contacted the U.S. Embassy there this morning to get the paperwork started and arrange for their applications to be expedited.
Li arrived in Queens on February 5th with the intention of visiting New York for three months. According to her friends, Lee disappeared at approximately 11 p.m. last Friday after leaving a karaoke bar in Flushing. Police say her death is not a homicide and that no foul play is suspected.
The case was referred to Meng by Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) – since the matter is a federal issue – after the victim’s friends contacted his office for help.
“This terrible loss of life is a horrible tragedy,” said Meng. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the victim’s family and friends, and we’ll do all we can to assist them.”
“This is a terrible and sad tragedy,” said Kim. “I will assist Congressmember Meng and her staff with any local or state matters that can help alleviate some of the burden facing the victim's family."
The deceased’s brother is 44-year-old Junguang Li and her son is 24-year-old Yueqi Liu. The both reside in Beijing.