On Sunday, July 23, 2023, the Chin family, friends, and the International District Emergency Center (IDEC) honored the life and death of Donnie Chin. The event was held outside the Chin family store, Sun May Co., in Canton Alley.
This year marked the eighth anniversary of Chin’s murder; the case remains unsolved. Chin, considered by many to be a community hero, founded IDEC in 1968. IDEC grew over the years, but Donnie Chin was always its cornerstone. In a historically neglected neighborhood, Chin brought a sense of safety and stability.
People were accustomed to seeing him run by in his khaki uniform and first aid kit. Over his decades of service, Chin saved hundreds of lives and was usually the first person residents and business owners called when they needed help.
Donnie Chin was killed suddenly in the early hours of the morning on July 23, 2015, by gunfire between two rival gangs. His death shocked the community, triggering grief and anger over the City’s neglect.
This was the first public gathering to honor Chin since the COVID-19 pandemic.