Two Asian senior neighbors ages 60 and 70 lost their cars to fire in Oakland on Saturday morning, reports ABC 7 News. Mr. Chheng who is Cambodian American and who didn’t want to give his last name lost his white Toyota SUV while his Chinese neighbor who wished to stay lost a Toyota Camry. The two cars were parked right next to each other in the mostly Latino neighborhood. Mr. Chheng and the Chinese elder are the only Asians with homes on the block.
This has been a rough year for Mr. Chheng who recently lost his job.
“I lose everything,” he said. “My job, and now my car. I need to come back for my life.”
Police said there is no evidence of foul play at this time.
A Gofundme has been setup for Mr. Chheng.
“This is Mr. Chheng. He is in his 70’s and woke up at 3:30 am Saturday to his car engulfed in flames. First, he lost his job due to the pandemic and now he lost his car. He came to America from Cambodia over twenty years ago with nothing and started from scratch. He is a good and humbled man. He can’t even go to the grocery store to get groceries because he has no car. He always asked me how my family is doing. My wife and kids love him like an uncle. I know Mr. Chheng for seven years now. He bought his car from me and now is gone because someone targeted his car and light it up on fire. No one should feel targeted or live in fear. Especially, in the Bay Area. We are family. We are one. Lets help him get another car. Every donation counts and will help Mr. Chheng get back on his feet.” – the gofundme