On May 11, DeKalb County firefighters shut down Main Moon and the surrounding businesses after Chen was fatally injured by the accidental explosion. Regular customers continually left flowers outside the shuttered businesses doors, paying their respects to Chen and her family.
Douglas Reynics told the City of Tucker a friend of his was eating at a neighboring restaurant in the The Centre on Hugh Howell strip mall, which is where Main Moon is located, when the incident took place.
“A friend of mine happened to message me and said she was eating next door at (Taqueria) Los Hermanos. The art had moved on the wall and people got moved off their feet,” Reynics said, describing the aftermath of the explosion. “It was a big force.”
Reynics, a longtime Main Moon customer, messaged Chen’s daughter-in-law Min, who often works the restaurant’s cash register, as soon as he found about about the deadly explosion. He asked what could be done to help.
He started a GoFundMe page to help raise funds to cover Chen’s funeral costs and to help her family rebuild Main Moon. The page raised about $17,000 just hours after it was launched. Reynics said the GoFundMe and other donations added up to more than $36,000.