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An aged San Francisco man was killed in a ‘brutal’ assault. His household says it was a racist act.

The family of the 84-year-old San Francisco man who was killed in a seemingly random attack believe the act was racist.

Vicha Ratanapakdee, a native of Thailand who, according to his family, emigrated to America to live with his daughter and son-in-law, died days after the attack on Thursday morning.

His daughter, Kim Ratanapakdee, told KTVU that her father was targeted because he was an elderly Asian man. She added that she has received racial harassment and verbal abuse since the pandemic began.

“To the [the suspect] from across the street, “said son-in-law Eric Lawson in an interview with KTVU,” what else could have motivated him? “

Two people were arrested in connection with the death on Saturday, Antoine Watson, 19, and Maylasia Goo, 20, who both live in Daly City. Watson was arrested on suspicion of murder and abuse of the elderly; Goo was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory.

In an alarming video, Watson is seen running across the street in San Francisco’s Anza Vista neighborhood and knocking Ratanapakdee to the ground. Watson then flees the scene.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin said in a statement to the KTVU that his officer would “hold the person who committed this senseless violence accountable”.

“I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the Ratanapakdee family for their loss. This was a brutal, random, unprovoked attack,” he said in the statement. “My heart goes out to the entire AAPI community for the pain they have experienced as a result of this tragedy and too many others over the past year.”

The San Francisco Police Department and Boudin’s office did not immediately respond to requests from SFGATE for comment.

The Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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