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.
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.”
“He wasn’t supposed to die. He was supposed to grow old with me. Please share his story”- Aaron Chen (grey hoodie) confirms death of his cousin Peter Wang, 15,(white hoodie). They came to US from China ten years ago are “best friends” pic.twitter.com/A8BTrbiyrH
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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.”
Peter Wang lost his life in service to others. The U.S. Military Academy honors Peter Wang with an honorary admission for his bravery and selflessness.
One of West Point's priorities is to develop leaders of character who are committed to the values of Duty, Honor, and Country. pic.twitter.com/jZesqGuPvt
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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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