Grace Chen’s death remains unsolved

Xiaojia "Grace" Chen, 47y/o

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A popular teacher killed earlier this year has many people who live in Northwest Austin still asking questions about what happened.

Grace Chen, 47, a Chinese language teacher the Asian American Culture Center, was found dead in the Galleria Oaks Shopping Center back in February.

Police still have not made any arrests.

“We were all very curious to know how it happened and what the police knew about it,” said Terry Carlman, who lives in the neighborhood behind the Galleria Oaks Shopping Center. “We haven’t heard anything really…it’s just right up there, a few blocks.”

“It would be nice to know if this was random or if they think it wasn’t random,” said Erin Oliver. “If they had a suspect, it would be nice to know.”

An Austin Police Department spokesperson said detectives are still actively searching for Chen’s killer, but they have no new information to release. Investigators said they continue to follow up on every lead that comes in.

“If they are from around this neighborhood, or live around this area in a home or apartments, they’ll do it again probably,” said Carlman.

On Monday, the doors to the Asian institute were locked and there was nothing but empty space inside.

Police still will not say how Chen was killed, only that she died of trauma to the body.

Police area working five unsolved cases in Austin that happened between 2012 and 2014.

Austin has a Homicide Cold Case unit that looks into cases dating back decades, but it isn’t time or a lack of leads to a case being considered “cold.” Instead, Austin police say cold cases only happen when the detective assigned to the case leaves the Homicide unit through a promotion, transfer, or retirement. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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