$1,000 reward offered for info on homicide

Grace Chen

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information about who killed Xiaojia ‘Grace’ Chen at a business complex in Northwest Austin in February, police said.

Chen was found dead Feb. 19 inside a bathroom in a second-floor building at the Galleria Oaks shopping center. Police said Chen’s body had been in the room for about two hours before a worker at the complex found her. Police still will not say how Chen was killed, only that she died of trauma to the body.

Chen and her husband owned Grace’s Chinese School at the complex located in the 13300 block of U.S. 183 near Anderson Mill Road.

Authorities are asking anyone who saw Chen on Feb. 19, witnessed a recent argument involving Chen, or knew Chen or her associates, to come forward.

A week after her death concerned neighbors packed into the Asian-American Cultural Center as Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo and his command staff tried to answer questions.

“There’s a lot of collective fear, a lot of collective trauma, because if it could happen to her it could happen to us,” said Amy Won Mok, CEO and president of the Asian American Cultural Center.

Acevedo assured everyone at the meeting that Chen’s death was an isolated incident and that the Asian community was not a target.

“You can see this is a community that stands with the police,” he said. “So a word to the wise, don’t come to Austin to commit murder, because we’re not giving up.”

Acevedo also said the department will keep details of the case to themselves so the culprit doesn’t know what they have.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Austin Police Department homicide tip line at 512-477-3588 or 512-974-5210, or call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.

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