More than 200 mourners—students, faculty, staff and members of Windsor’s Chinese community—gathered Friday for a memorial ceremony in honour of Shaowen Zhang, the engineering student who died August 21.
“We want to commemorate him,” said Penchong Mao, a fellow engineering student who befriended Zhang during their time in the English Language Improvement Program. “We hope he can stay in peace. We want to be his family.”
It was a theme echoed by international student advisor Enrique Chacon, who said he was amazed by the turnout.