The association also plans to open a bank account under the name of HKSA for anyone who wants to donate funds but cannot make it to the donation tables.
One of the victims, 21-year-old Fok, was a psychology major and served as the president of HKSA last year.
“There was never a dull moment with Ricky. He always made you laugh and have fun,” Leung said. “He was an easy-going guy and everybody liked him. He was supposed to graduate in March.”
M.K. Wong, a third-year in finance and treasurer of HKSA, said he considered Fok his best friend.
“He helped me a lot when I first came [to OSU] this summer,” Wong said. “He took me to dinner and helped me get groceries. He introduced me to life here and helped me adapt.”
Au Yeung, a 20-year-old transfer student in accounting, only attended OSU for one quarter prior to the accident. He joined HKSA after he started school in the fall, Leung said.
“Au Yeung was one of my best friends,” Leung said. “I instantly became good friends with him when I first met him. He always encouraged me to do better in school and never give up on my dreams. I don’t think I will ever find another friend as special as Au Yeung.”
HKSA plans to help the families cover all the expenses necessary in flying from Hong Kong to the United States and any other funeral costs.
Wong said the initial feeling of disbelief has now been taken over by a desire to help the families.
“I couldn’t believe it at first,” Wong said. “But all we can do now is help their families by raising this money in memory of the students.”
Wong said the association hopes to raise additional funds with the help of students, student organizations and off-campus organizations, such as businesses and churches.
“I would like to say that on behalf of HKSA, we will never forget about the memories we had with Fok and Au-Yeung,” Leung said. “They will always be remembered in our hearts. They passed away too soon.”
There have been no further updates to the investigation of the car crash, said N.J. State Trooper Christopher Kay.