A 27-year-old mother was killed in a shooting. Family claim for hate crime investigation.
On Highway 101, a possible vehicle shooting was reported Saturday morning in Agoura Hills, the California Highway Patrol was investigating.
Officers were seen inspecting the car that was riddled with bullet holes at a gas station.
Investigations to determine what caused the shooting are being made by authorities.
The shooting was fatal, a 27-year-old mother, Sia Marie Xiong, was shot dead. Her family is looking for answers.
According to the authorities, Sia Marie Xiong was taken by paramedics to the emergency area at the hospital with a single gunshot wound; she was shot around 6 a.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of East Kay Street. At the area hospital, she was pronounced dead with a gunshot wound to the lower torso.
The victim’s family said they do not know what the reasons for the murder were. Her aunt, Akeisa said:
“She was a free-spirited person, full of a lot of love and compassion. So it’s really hard for me to understand that someone hates her so much that they want to kill her.”
Xiong’s father is Cambodian and her mother is Black. Akeisa described her niece as a loving person.
Sia Marie Xiong’s home was not in Compton and her family members do not know why she was there, they said. Her family also said Xiong was from San Diego but recently lived in Fontana. She was studying to become a beautician, according to her family.
Some people suspect that the murder was a hate crime because Sia was of Asian descent. Community activists and family members call on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to investigate whether the shooting was related to her race; hate crimes against Americans of Asian origin have seen a significant increase.
Toni Jaramilla, a civil rights activist told ABC7:
“Given the increase in the number of Asian Americans being killed and hate crimes against Asian Americans, we are asking the sheriff’s department to look at it through that lens to see if the motivation was hatred against Asians. Because she was of Asian descent. “
Hate crimes are on the rise.
How bad is the situation regarding hate crimes against the Asian community in the country?
According to data from the organization Stop AAPI Hate, which tracks racist acts against people of Asian origin, only between March and December 2020, 2,808 complaints were reported in the country, of which 8.7% involved physical attacks and 71% included Verbal harassment.
Incidents of physical and verbal aggression have increased; in fact, they have multiplied since 2020 in the United States.
After the start of the pandemic, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned that the cases of incidents of aggression against people of Asian origin could increase. And so it happened.
A report released by the United Nations last year detailed an alarming level of racially motivated violence and other hateful incidents against Asian Americans.
The levels of hatred against people of Asian origin have increased even more after the appearance of Covid-19.
More than six million Asian Americans live in California, according to the latest estimates; California is the state with the most citizens of this community in the country. The Asian community constitutes more than 15% of the residents of the state.
Only from March to May 2020, more than 800 hate incidents related to Covid-19 were reported in 34 counties of the state, this was according to a report published by the Asia Pacific Policy Planning Council.
Since that time (2020), those numbers have been increasing in Orange County, where according to data from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Hate incidents against Asians increased by 1,200%.
As reported by CBS News, in Los Angeles County, hate crimes against Asian Americans increased 115%.
Women are more prone to these attacks than men, according to these statistics.
Civil organizations say that it is difficult to determine the exact numbers of these crimes; this is because no government entity has been monitoring the problem in the long term and the reporting standards may vary from one region to another.
However, some data published by different police offices and multiple complaints in local media highlight a phenomenon on the rise.
Verbal harassment is by far the most common, but rejection, physical assault, discrimination in the workplace, exclusion from establishments, and vandalism are also found in the databases of many organizations.
Although the origin of the shooting that killed Sia Marie Xiong has not yet been determined, many people suspect it was a hate crime.
Investigations continue and the reason for the shooting is still unknown, according to the Sheriff’s department. They said there is no known motive or any suspicious information.
At the moment the causes of the shooting have not been released, nor has any description of the suspect been revealed. No information about the murder has been released.
There is a way to help authorities to find the responsible for Sia Marie Xiong death:
Anyone with information on the case should call the Sheriff’s Homicide Office at (323) 890-5500 or if you prefer to provide information anonymously, you can call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile application on Google Play or Apple App Store or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org
Sia Marie Xiong had a 3-year-old son, who is now an orphan because of the shooting. Her son name is Shakur.
A GoFundMe was created to help Sia’s family pay for the funeral expenses for anyone who wants to help. On the page says:
“Sia was so smart, funny, and loving!” says the page. “He had so much life to live and so much love to give. The fact that his life was cut short, in such a violent way, hurts the family to the core.”
So far the investigation continues.
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