May 27 marks the 20th anniversary of Jenny Lin’s death. For this major milestone, a memorial service to honor the slain teenage girl is scheduled on Friday, May 23, 2014, starting at 6:30 PM, at the Castro Valley Library on 3600 Norbridge Avenue in Castro Valley.
Following the ceremony, there will be a candlelight walk in downtown Castro Valley to remind public of the unsolved murder and to raise awareness of child safety. Public is invited to share this special occasion.
Jenny was a young, talented musician and a straight-A student, who was murdered in her own home on May 27, 1994 at age 14. Her brutal murder devastated her family and shocked the community.
Jenny’s parents, John and Mei-lain Lin, vowed to keep working with police until the murder case is solved, and to carry on Jenny’s dreams so she would not die in vain. Over the past 20 years, the Jenny Lin Foundation has offered music scholarships and free music programs to the community each year, and has organized numerous safety fairs, safety workshops and safety contests to raise awareness of child safety issues and to improve safety knowledge and precautions for parents and children.
This year, the Jenny Lin Foundation has once again organized a child safety contest for the Bay Area communities. The winners of the contest will be announced and awarded during the anniversary ceremony on May 23. The winning artworks will be displayed to the public at the Castro Valley Library during the anniversary service and for the month of June.
To this date, there is still no arrest or conviction of Jenny’s murderer, and we are still anxiously awaiting any breaks by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. We believe that through continuous police effort and public help, this senseless, horrifying murder case will be solved some day soon. A $100,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the murderer is still available. Anyone with information please call the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department at (510) 667-7721or the toll free hotline at (855) 4-JENNY-LIN.
—Information submitted by the Jenny Lin Foundation