PARKLAND SHOOTING VICTIM’S COUSIN: ‘He was everything good I strived to be’

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Aaron Chen, cousin of Peter Wang, who lost his life in the Parkland, Florida, shooting, has made a touching video recounting the beautiful spirit of his cousin. In the video, Chen celebrates Wang not just for his actions that day, but for how he lived his life.

Aaron Chen remembers his cousin Peter Wang

This is Aaron Chen. Maybe you saw him on First Coast News last week. His cousin, Peter Wang, was one of the 17 people shot and killed Wednesday in Parkland. I've been talking with him the past few days. He wanted me to share this video with all of you. He wants you to get a glimpse of Peter, through his eyes… His cousin, his best friend.

Posted by Lindsey Boetsch on Monday, February 19, 2018

Chen describes in the video how Wang helped him acclimate to American life when he moved from China.

“I would’ve died if it wasn’t for Peter. He made sure I wasn’t bullied at our first school,” he says.

Chen continues, “But he wasn’t just my cousin. He was my brother, he was my rock, and he was everything good that I strived to be. I want him to be remembered as the best brother, cousin, son and friend anyone could ever ask for and more.”

Of adjusting to new life in the states, Chen says in the video, “Being a new kid sucks, but imagine being a new kid who doesn’t speak English. Even though he was a whole year younger than me, he protected me and I couldn’t protect him during the shooting.”

Lin Chen, also a cousin of Wang’s, told The Sun Sentinel, “He is so brave. He is the person who is genuinely kind to everyone. He doesn’t care about popularity. He always liked to cheer people up. He is like the big brother everyone wished they had.’’

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