A Hong Kong court ruling Thursday that a laser pointer carried by a teenager was an offensive weapon marked a tougher stance by the judiciary after months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, with a lawmaker warning it could lead to more prosecutions of demonstrators.
Hong Kong's legislature is quasi-democratic, with half the seats popularly elected and the rest chosen by largely pro-Beijing committees, ensuring it remains stacked with government loyalists.
His death is likely to fuel anger at police, who are under pressure over accusations of excessive force as the former British colony grapples with its worst political crisis in decades.
The university issued a statement saying it was deeply saddened by Chow's death and it expressed its deepest sympathy to his family, adding that it would offer them all necessary support, the broadcaster reported.
New footage showed Chow wandering alone in the auto park for more than half an hour on the second floor before he took the stairs to an upper floor, she said.
He was certified dead by the hospital on Friday morning after failing to emerge from a coma.
Prior to his fall on November 3, local police had fired tear gas in the parking area, reportedly in reaction to protesters throwing bottles and bricks from the building.
A service held at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUT), where Chow was a second year student, was presided over by Reverend Chu Yiu Ming.
Mourners queue to pay their respects at the vehicle park where student Alex Chow, 22, fell.
The Chinese people are uncertain about their future in Hong Kong and many of them don't want to live in the city amid continued fear.
"This isn't a diplomatic question so I suggest you ask the relevant government department".
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"What I want to say is that at present, the most urgent thing for Hong Kong is to stop violence and restore order", he said.
The victim was identified by local media as Chow Tsz-lok, a sophomore at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
After the ceremony was cut short, hundreds of students gathered to mourn Chow's passing and condemn what they described as police brutality.
"Hindering rescuers is attempted murder!"
In a video clip of the incident shared online, the officer can be seen grappling with a protester. White flowers were laid below the stage as students announced plans to boycott class for a week and demanded the truth in Chow's death.
"We will be outraged if there is no acceptable explanation offered to us", he wrote.
At around 8:45 p.m. local time, police deployed a water-cannon vehicle to disperse protesters who took up the streets of Mong Kok.
China's top official overseeing Hong Kong affairs said Beijing will ensure only people loyal to it become the city's chief executive, damping hopes of pro-democracy activists.
The protests were triggered by a government effort to introduce a law allowing extraditions of criminal suspects to mainland China.
Qiu said violence in Hong Kong is intensifying from vandalism to murder, and some rioters are trying to push Hong Kong into an abyss with those who manipulated behind.
The movement has since expanded to other demands including direct elections for the city's leaders and an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality against protesters.