Birmingham Chinese community mourns 2 children killed

Photo: Ian Britton
Photo: Ian Britton

Leaders from the Chinese community in Birmingham are starting a fund raising campaign in aid of the family of the two children that were tragically killed in a car accident on Sunday 21 June 2015. The mother of four was also hit by the car along with her two other children, she is in a medically induced coma and has yet to learn the fate of her two young daughters that were killed. The two other children are in hospital. The father of the family is distraught.

Local councillor and magistrate Alex Yip who is leading the fund raising efforts said:

“I’ve just come back from visiting the father who was obviously very distraught and beside himself with grief. Unable to grieve for his two youngest girls, unable to comfort his two older surviving children who are in Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and by his wife’s side who is still in a serious condition. She is in a medically induced coma and just had a number of operations for a head and leg injury.”

He continued: “Members of the Birmingham Chinese Community are leading fundraising efforts for the family to support their future in these difficult times. Mr Wu obviously cannot work, and his two surviving children need help, and hopefully, God willing, when his wife wakes up, she will still need a long period to recover. I hope everyone can pull together and donate to support this family in this time of immense grief. “


Please go to the website to make a donation:  www.gofundme.com/Lilyandshelleywu

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Original news article from West Midlands Police

Two children killed as they crossed a Handsworth road on Sunday (21 June) have been named as Lily and Shelly Xin Wu.

Lily, 7, and her sister Shelly, 6, had been crossing Grove Lane with their 39-year-old mother, 13-year-old brother and 12-year-old sister at around midday when they were struck by a grey coloured Seat Leon.

The 34-year-old driver of the car, a man from Birmingham, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was released on police bail following questioning.

Sergeant Steve Newbury, from the force’s Collision Investigation Unit, is leading the on-going investigation into the sisters’ death. He said: “This tragedy has rocked the local community and devastated a family. Our thoughts remain with them.

“Lily and Shelly’s mum remains in a critical condition in hospital with serious head injuries. She is yet to learn about the death of her daughters.

“The girls’ brother and sister are still recovering in hospital and are being supported by family and friends. Their condition is described as comfortable and their injuries are not life-threatening.

“I would like to thank those who cared for the family as they lay injured. The courage the public displayed is commendable as were the actions of the emergency service staff who attended the devastating scene.

“In addition I would like to praise the way in which the staff at the children’s schools have rallied round the family. They are also providing vital support to the children’s friends who have been left badly shocked.”

The family will not be releasing photographs of Lily and Shelly or their mother, brother and sister. They have asked the media to respect their privacy at this sad time.

Anyone with information which may help Sgt Newbury with his investigation is urged to call the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

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