The City of Jersey City will honor late Ward D Councilman Michael Yun, who died yesterday due to complications from COVID-19, with a remote candlelight vigil on Friday.
“In loving memory of Councilman Michael Yun, place a candle in your window on Friday, April 10th, at 7:30 p.m.,” says a tribute image being shared on social media today.
Yun, 65, had battled the virus for nearly two weeks at the Jersey City Medical Center, where he was a patient at the ICU at was “on oxygen” as of at least March 29th.
He was first elected to his post in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. He won both of those races running as an independent.
His passing leaves the community at large stunned, with even Gov. Phil Murphy (D) paying tribute during a Trenton press conference yesterday.
“I was heartbroken to learn of Michael Yun’s passing. He was a dear friend, an amazing force in the Heights and our city,” Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise said.
“Caren and my thoughts and prayers are with his family right now. His loss will leave a terrible void not just in our community but in so many peoples lives.”
As the city mourns Yun’s death, both their council sessions (caucus and regular meeting) have been postponed until next week.
41 years ago, Yoo-Tad Michael Yun moved from Korea to the US, settled in Jersey City where he and wife, Jennifer, opened Garden State News store. Michael served as Ward D. Councilman 2013 until now. His slogan was, “Serve the people.” He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/sDcRr474vF
— City of Jersey City (@JerseyCity) April 6, 2020