Dad to set up fund in memory of daughter

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 March, 2008, 12:00am

The father of a hearing-impaired woman who leaped to her death on Saturday says he wants to set up a foundation to help disabled people.

A weeping Lee Kwong-hing said on a radio program last night he would use tribute money paid by mourners after the death of Lee Ching, 26, to set up a fund to help students like her cope with adversity.

Lee, who had been working as a research assistant in a deaf studies unit at Chinese University, died after jumping from a building in Oi Man Estate, Ho Man Tin, on Saturday.

Deaf and speech-impaired after a childhood fever, she left a note saying her suffering dated back to Form One, when classmates jeered at her.

Her death shocked her family and the community because she had been such a good example to others with illnesses or disabilities in their fight against adversity.

Lee said in her suicide note her grades earned her the chance to study in the US, where she had been mentally crushed by the stress, and the condition worsened when she was studying at and graduated from Lingnan University.

She had sought help from the Samaritan Befrienders two months ago when she had thoughts of suicide.