Memorial held for LR woman; son still in hospital

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    Video: Memorial held for Jinglei Yi

    Dangyong Yang (right) and a friend bring flowers to the site of the accident. Photo: Ross Weaver/THV 11 News

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Family, friends and co-workers gathered Sunday to say goodbye to Jinglei Yi.

    "It's impossible to know how many lives she touched," said Reverend Mike Wolf, a minister officiating Yi's funeral.

    The family said Yi will be remembered for her sincerity and generosity.

    "Jinglei tipped two of the workers $800," said Reverend Wolf concerning a time with movers who helped her family move to a different residence.  He said when Jinglei's husband, Dongyong Yang asked why she had tipped so much, Yi replied, "because they are immigrants and need a new start."

    Yang spoke after the service on his attempts to save his wife and son.

    "I tried to go into the water, because I can swim," said Yang, but he said officers stopped him, placing him in a patrol car.

    Yang said at some point he was let out of the patrol car after his wife and son were rescued.

    "I said, 'I am a doctor','" said Yang. 

    A cardiovascular surgeon in China, Yang said his CPR skills were more advanced than those at the scene.

    "The police officer put me into the police car again," said Yang.

    As Yang's son sits in a hospital, his condition still critical, Yang hopes for a speedy investigation into the 911 call.  Police say a 911 operator's "error" led to a 43-minute wait time for divers to rescue Yi and her son.

    "I don't want my neighborhood or other families to have to go through this," said Yang.

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    Yi's funeral was held Sunday at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home. Dozens of people in the community attended the service to pay their respects.

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