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Asian-American community meets with APD Chief to discuss fears after murders

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There were many questions from concerned Austinites in the Asian-American community Wednesday night.

A town hall meeting was requested at the Asian American Cultural Center on Jollyville Road.

The Austin Police Department joined them along with Chief Art Acevedo.

The community had feared that two different murder cases were connected and the Asian-American community was being targeted.

"There is no connection between that homicide. This is a different set of circumstances," Acevedo said, speaking of a grisly murder in Houston.

A few weeks ago a family of four was killed in Houston. They were of Chinese decent. Then last week here in Austin, a well-known member of the Asian-American community -- also Chinese -- Grace Chen was mysteriously found dead outside her business, Grace Language and Culture.

"That case in Houston has already traumatized us and that is in Houston. But now then it happens right close to us and plus we identify with the victim. She looks like us and we identify with her family so that's why we have this collective fear and this collective trauma in our community," said Amy Mok with the Cultural center.

Chief Acevedo assured the crowd that they have not found a connection between the Houston murders and the Austin murder of Grace Chen.

Acevedo says if that changes he will let the community know.

Many people were scared and wondering if the police could tell them the details of Grace Chen's death but of course for the sake of the investigation, they couldn't.

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