Male, 26, worker at the Beijing Internal Combustion Engine Factory. From: Beijing.
On the evening of June 3, 1989, Liu was shot in the liver and died at Beijing Hospital. He left behind his wife and one-and-a-half-year-old son.
Liu’s wife, Zhang Jingli (张景利), is a member of the Tiananmen Mothers.
Zhang Jingli, wife of Liu Yongliang, holding a piece of paper with Liu Yongliang’s name at the Tiananmen Mothers’ 30th anniversary commemoration of June Fourth victims, March 2019.
Zhang Jingli's testimony, 2014
It’s already been 30 years since June Fourth. But even after 30 years, we have never forgotten. As family members, we will always remember our loved ones. I hope that society will continue to pay attention to disadvantaged groups like us.
When my husband passed away at the young age of 26, our son was only one-and-a-half years old and had just recently learned to say “father.” We were not able to accept this reality. My husband’s death caused tremendous mental suffering for our family, my parents, as well as his parents, but especially our young son, who suffered a great deal.
This was an act of the State—the State used weapons to hurt. Even now, after so many years, we have no place to appeal to, no one who cares about us, no one who checks in on us on how we have raised our children all these years. . . . In our remaining years, we, the families of June Fourth victims, need the government to provide appropriate settlements. No matter what, give us an explanation, because we are the family members of those who died unnatural deaths. They were all so young, neither ill nor struck by natural disaster. And on that day, even if they had been spectators, they had not done anything wrong. Therefore, we request the government to handle this properly and give us a reasonable explanation. It is only then that they can rest in peace. Those of us who are still alive will never forget June Fourth, as it has already become a part of history, and all the people in China will never forget either.