OAKLAND -- Qing Jun Sun's family both marveled and worried about how hard he worked.

He would usually arise by 4 a.m. at his East Oakland home to get ready for the first of his two jobs as a bus driver at Stanford University. That job, which he held for seven years and won employee of the month honors, would end by 3 p.m. He would then drive to the acupuncture clinic and spa he and his wife, Aimin Li, opened just a few months ago in San Francisco where he would treat patients and she would do facials and beauty aids for clients before they closed at 8 p.m. They also worked there on weekends.

"He worked an insane number of hours," said Sun's brother-in-law, John Li, 33, a San Francisco real estate investor. "We thought he'd have health issues because of how hard he was working. But he loved his family and he worked hard to make life better for them."

His love and dedication to his family is what they will remember most about 56-year-old Sun, who was fatally shot outside his house Dec. 11. He leaves behind his wife of 35 years and a daughter and son, both in their 30s, whom he put through college.

Li said Sun loved to study and take classes.

"He led by example of what hard work and getting an education can do. He was an inspiration to me, his family, to everyone."


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Police said Sun was shot about 8:40 p.m. Dec. 11 outside his home in the 800 block of Hawkins Drive, not far from the Coliseum. Police don't have a motive yet, though it is possible he may have been the target of a robbery. No arrests have been made.

"There is no reasoning behind" the killing, Li said. "We don't know of anyone who would want to do him any harm. He worked long hours. He didn't have time for anything else."

Li said Sun immigrated to the United States from his native China about 12 years ago, joining his wife, son and daughter who had come a year earlier. He had been an engineer in China but thought life would be better in the United States.

He and his wife lived in San Francisco until buying the East Oakland house more than three years ago.

Li said Sun basically taught himself English and took acupuncture classes nights and weekends before getting his license earlier this year. He liked being around people and helping them which is why the bus driving and acupuncturist jobs were perfect for him, Li said.

Li said his brother-in law had been having some bad luck recently. He had been robbed in another part of Oakland a few months ago but police have not determined if that is connected to his killing. He had also been having problems with his cars and his acupuncture business was not doing as well as expected.

Sun and his wife had talked about moving to San Francisco to be closer to other relatives, but even though he was having a rough stretch, "he was never down, he never complained," Li said. "He kept to himself. He didn't trouble anyone else. He was incredibly strong."

Li said his sister remains devastated by Sun's death and is unsure of her future.

"He was her whole life. She can't keep the clinic open, she can't live in the house because of what happened. Everything is incredibly tough for her. She is literally starting over."

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Cypress Lawn Newhall Chapel, 1370 El Camino Real, Colma. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the chapel.

The family has set up a fund to cover funeral costs. Checks made out to "Qing Jun Sun Memorial Fund" can be mailed to 1388 Haight St., Suite 88, San Francisco, CA 94117, and donations are accepted via PayPal at qingjunsunmemorial@gmail.com.

People with information about the killing of Sun, can call police at 510-238-3821. Up to $10,000 in reward money is available for information leading to an arrest.