COMPTON, California—The family of a 28-year-old Asian woman who was shot to death in Compton believes the shooting was racially motivated, a civil rights activist said on Sunday.
Sia Marie Xiong was identified as the victim by Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic Hope, adding that her family is calling for a hate-crime investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, according to ABC 7.
Xiong was the mother of a 3-year-old child. She was originally from San Diego but most recently lived in Fontana. She was studying to become an esthetician, reported NBC 4.
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“There has been a dramatic increase of women of Asian descent being murdered or violently attacked nationwide,” Ali noted in a statement.
The fatal shooting occurred shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of East Kay Street, according to police.
Deputies responded to a report of a gunshot victim and found Xiong suffering from a gunshot wound to her lower torso. She was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, reported ABC 7.