An Asian-American woman was fatally shot in Compton and her death resulted in calls from her family for the sheriff’s department to conduct a hate crime investigation.

The shooting happened about 5:50 a.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of East Kay Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The LASD said there was no known motive for the attack and no suspect information.

Paramedics rushed Sia Marie Xiong to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead with a gunshot wound to the lower chest.

Her family told the media Xiong was from San Diego but most recently lived in Fontana. She was studying to become an aesthetician, according to her family.

The sheriff’s Homicide Bureau urged anyone with information regarding Xiong’s homicide to call them at 323-890-5500. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

The calls from the family come as rallies across the Southland and across the country called for an end to hate crimes and racial violence against Asian Americans.

In the Los Angeles area, rallies took place in Chinatown, Alhambra and Diamond Bar among other locations.

In Chinatown, activists walked around the area to raise awareness and offer security tips to Asian residents and businesses, particularly the elderly, ABC7 reported.

Shin-Ying Tu, a member of the group “Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light,” spoke to one Chinatown business owner in Chinese to make sure she was aware of the growing threat and the need to report incidents, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“I come from a Taiwanese American background and I think honestly speaking, we have seen a surge in these anti Asian crimes as of late,” she told the Times. “But it’s always been happening. We just haven’t been speaking about it.”

In Alhambra, Raymond Tran told the media, “There’s diversity here. And we have to show people that we can all live together in peace.”

In Diamond Bar, L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn told ABC7, “The rallies show that we’re all coming together and we have to speak out against the racial violence.”

“It brings awareness and education. It also shows solidarity — that I may be a Black woman, but I’m here,” Ronda Hampton, organizer of the Diamond Bar rally told the Times. “There are many people of different nationalities who are here.”

In Garden Grove, dozens of people attended a rally against Asian-hate at Village Green Park in Garden Grove on Sunday afternoon, the Orange County Register reported. The rally against Asian-hate took place at Village Green Park.

Rally signs displayed such messages as “Racism is a virus,” “Your fetish dehumanizes Asian women” and “Protect our elders,” the Register reported. One speaker wondered aloud if she would make it home alive while walking after dark.

Various advocacy groups for racial justice in minority communities aligned to decry anti-Asian sentiments and hate crimes against Asian Americans that have played out across the country since 2020, said rally contributor Koko Dodson with Minorities Make America, the paper reported.

At a similar rally and candlelight vigil in Alhambra on Saturday, someone showed a local TV reporter a video posted to social media that appeared to depict an Asian woman being berated at a gas station in Fullerton on the basis of her race. A woman could be heard in the video saying things such as, “Go back where you came from” and telling the woman to bow, the paper reported.

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