Friends, officials gather to honor Times Square subway victim Michelle Go

NBC Michelle Go Vigil in NYC

Vigils and events also held in San Francisco and Fremont, CA

“We always saw her as a rock who would drop everything for her friends,” one friend said.

Jan. 19, 2022, 11:51 AM PST / Updated Jan. 19, 2022, 12:49 PM PST
By Sakshi Venkatraman

Times Square’s famous steps were lit up with candles Tuesday night to honor the life of Michelle Go. Just underground from where mourners stood to remember her, 40-year-old Go died last week after being shoved in front of an oncoming train.

It’s every New Yorker’s worst fear when waiting behind that yellow line as the subway pulls in, said Ben Wei, the vigil’s organizer. Born in Chinatown and working as an advocate through Asians Fighting Injustice, he knows the feeling intimately. 

“[I] have ridden the subway since I was 10 years old,” Wei said in his speech. “Our greatest fear as a straphanger is being pushed into the tracks. It lingers in the back of our brains.” 

After two years of increased anti-Asian hate and violence, city officials stood alongside Go’s friends and denounced the hesitation and pause that comes with going out into the city. 


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“We see ourselves in these pictures,” said Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

Mourners attend vigil in San Francisco:

East Bay Times
By SUMMER LIN | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: January 19, 2022 at 7:26 a.m. | UPDATED: January 20, 2022 at 6:25 a.m.

About a hundred people gathered Tuesday night at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco’s Chinatown and more than 1,000 in New York City to remember Michelle Alyssa Go, a 40-year-old Bay Area native who was killed last weekend when she was shoved onto the subway track at the Times Square station.

The San Francisco vigil, organized by Dear Community, began at 6 p.m, three hours after the New York vigil organized by Asians Fighting Injustice at the Red Steps in Times Square. Friends of Go, as well as San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu, spoke at the local event.

“Michelle was a high school classmate of mine and she lit up every room she was in,” said Gary Tan at the vigil in San Francisco, according to ABC7 News.

…Go’s family previously issued a statement, which was read at the vigil: “We hope Michelle will be remembered for how she lived and not just how she died. She was a beautiful, brilliant, kind, and intelligent woman who loved her family and friends, loved to travel the world and to help others.”


Fremont, CA:

“Citizens for a Better Community” held a vigil for Michelle Go at Fremont’s Central Park Pavillion. Michelle Go was born in Berkeley and went to high school in Fremont.