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‘She lit up every room she was in’: Victim of New York City subway attack remembered in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — An East Bay native was remembered Tuesday night at vigils in San Francisco and in New York City after a brutal attack.

Candles were lit in San Francisco’s Chinatown to remember 40-year-old Michelle Go, who grew up in Fremont and who was born in Berkeley.

“Michelle was a high school classmate of mine and she lit up every room she was in,” said Gary Tan who knew Go when she attended American High School in Fremont.

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While dozens showed up to remember Go here on the West Coast, hundreds remembered her in New York City Tuesday night too.

Go died Saturday after being shoved onto the tracks in front of an oncoming New York City subway train.

A former Bay Area colleague of hers told stories of how Michelle comforted her over her fear of flying even after their trip, by sending her an email to see if she was okay.

“When we found out about what happened, I was sharing these stories with my ex-manager who was also very close with Michelle and had a great working relationship. I told him the story about the airline in the email and his response was very simple. It was, ‘That’s so Michelle!'”

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It’s still unclear why the suspect pushed Michelle. Police say he has a history of mental illness. He’s currently in a hospital with a police guard, but those who spoke in San Francisco and New York City say attacks against Asian-Americans must stop.

“She deserved to be safe that day and didn’t deserve this,” said one friend.

“This has got to stop, we are going to take the spirit of her brilliance and her kindness and her desire to serve, and we’re going to use that to continue to fight for a better world because we have to because the violence has to end,” said San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu.

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