Chen Ting had dreamed of seeing her father in New York for Christmas after more than a decade apart. But their reunion instead came on the weekend - when the Chinese student identified her murdered father's body. 'He loved me very, very much,' Ms Chen said on Monday. 'In just one day everything changed.' Her father, Fujianese immigrant Chen Fa Hua, 52, was gunned down last Tuesday after being robbed during a US$9 delivery to a Bronx apartment. His killing highlights the plight of the city's thousands of Asian immigrant workers. A local community leader said there was no denying the 'callousness' with which many were treated. Chen had moved to New York from Fujian province 10 years ago, working long hours and paying for his daughter's tuition fees at Britain's University of Leicester. Ms Chen said their last conversation was on the day before her father was killed, when she told him she planned to fly from London to visit him for the first time in New York. 'I said, 'I miss you very much. I really want to see you on Christmas Day'. Now, I cannot visit my father,' she said through her tears. Chen had called police after being robbed in the stairwell of a six storey walk-up apartment and tried to hold shut the front door on the robbers while waiting for the police to come. The robbers shot Chen in the face through the door, leaving him brain dead. Doctors removed him from life support late last week. New York police said they were on the lookout for two suspects. With no chance to thank her father for his many years of sacrifice, Ms Chen must now consider using a large chunk of those precious savings to pay for his funeral on the mainland. Her mother, Xiu Mei Wei, 51, who remained in Fujian, did not know about his death until her daughter called on Friday. 'She wants to get a visa and come here quickly to see my father one last time,' Ms Chen said. Queens councilman John Liu - the only Asian representative in New York local politics - called for more protection of migrant workers such as Chen. He accused New York residents of treating the Asian population with 'a certain callousness'.