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Who killed Grace Chen? Six years later, her murder remains unsolved

Her death shocked her family and friends – and the Asian-American community in Austin.

AUSTIN, Texas — Six years have passed since Grace Chen's murder, and there are still no answers about who killed her.

On Feb. 19, 2014, someone killed the 47-year-old wife, mother and teacher near her northwest Austin business at the Galleria Oaks Shopping Center.

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Today, a tattoo parlor rents the space where Grace Chen's business was located.

"Nobody spoke anything negative about her. She was such a nice person," Amy Wong Mok, the founder of the Asian American Cultural Center, said.

Grace Chen's tragic death traumatized her family and friends – and her community.

"We almost feel guilty for having joy when we know that [there is] this dark cloud above our community. We care very much about Jacky [Chen]," Wong Mok said.

Now 28 years old, Grace Chen's son, Jacky Chen, still can't help but think what his life would be like if his mother was still alive.

He recalls attending a friend's wedding and watching the bride and groom's parents dancing with each other. It's a memory he'll never share.

"There's moments I wish she could be here. I can't stop myself from imagining what would happen if she was still here," Jacky Chen said. "Every time I think about her, I wonder why that would happen to her."

From California, Jacky Chen waits for any updates from Austin police about the case. He still doesn't know the motive. It's why he won't move back to Austin.

"When you don't know the truth, you can't stop yourself from thinking of all of the possibilities," he said. 

Not knowing the reason why has Wong Mok and the Asian-American community in Austin still wondering whether Grace Chen's murder was racially motivated.

"We hope ... we are not a racial target," Wong Mok said. "I think it would give us some consolation [to know the motive]. At least we know why. But without that, we are still very anxious about why."

As the years go by, both Wong Mok and Jacky Chen won't stop seeking answers and hope whoever took Grace Chen's life does the right thing.

"I don't think anybody can kill someone and live with it for the rest of his or her life without feeling guilty," Jacky Chen said. "I just hope he or she will find peace by coming forward."

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According to the Austin Police Department, its Cold Case Unit still lists Grace Chen's case as an "active investigation." The motive is yet to be determined.

Its lead investigator told KVUE there is no person of interest, and there is no reason to believe Grace Chen's murder was racially motivated.

If you have any information that can help detectives find Grace Chen's killer, give the Cold Case Unit a call at 512-974-5250 or send an email.

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