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Jenny’s 24th Anniversary Service and Candlelight Walk

At the 24th anniversary of the loss of Jenny Lin, her family is hosting a memorial service on Friday, May 25, at the Castro Valley Library to honor the teenage girl.  Alameda County District Attorney, Ms. Nancy O’Malley, and Sheriff Greg Ahern will both be present to deliver their remarks to the family and friends of Jenny.  Following the ceremony will be a candlelight walk in downtown Castro Valley to remind the public of the unsolved murder and to raise awareness of child safety.  Everyone is invited to share this special occasion.

A young, talented musician and a straight-A student, Jenny was murdered in her own home on May 27, 1994, at the age of 14.  This brutal death devastated her family and shocked the community.  Jenny’s parents, John and Mei-lian Lin, vowed to continue working with the police until the case is solved, and to carry on Jenny’s dreams to see her life extended in a unique fashion.  For over 20 years, the Jenny Lin Foundation has offered music scholarships and free music programs to the community each summer, and has organized numerous safety fairs, workshops and contests to raise awareness of child safety issues and to improve safety knowledge and precautions for parents and children.  Last spring the Foundation embarked on a safety book project in collaboration with the Castro Valley Library.  Titles covering a wide range of safety-related topics were added to its collection.  The project was extended to the communities in San Lorenzo and Union City last fall, and the Foundation is looking to repeat the success stories with more branches of the Alameda County Library.

To date, there is still no arrest or conviction related to Jenny’s murder.  However, her family is hopeful that through continuous police effort and public help, this senseless, horrifying case will soon be solved.  The recent arrest of the Golden State Killer for crimes committed 40 years ago boosts the family’s hope that one day the killer will be caught.  A $100,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Jenny’s murderer is still available.  Anyone with information please call the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department at (510) 667-7721 or the toll-free hotline at (855) 4-JENNY-LIN.

Memorial Service for Jennifer Han-chi Lin (1980 – 1994)

Friday, May 25, 2018

6:15 p.m. – Reception

7:00 p.m. – Ceremony followed by Candlelight Walk

Castro Valley Library

3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

Grand Opening of 2017 Jenny Lin Music Program

The 2017 Jenny Lin Youth Music Program is ready to open on Monday, June 19, 6:30 PM, at the Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley.  About 300 students from the Bay Area have registered to participate in this free program.
All registered music program students and parents please read the following two documents thoroughly:

2017 Traffic instructions

2017 Program Rules, Expectations and Calendar

Please e-mail the Foundation at for any questions.

23rd Anniversary Service for Jenny

A memorial service for Jennifer Han-chi Lin is scheduled on Friday, May 26, 7:00 PM, at the Castro Valley Library on 3600 Norbridge Avenue in Castro Valley.  23 years ago this Friday, Jenny was brutally murdered in her own home at age 14.  To this date, the case is still unsolved, and still very much in need of public help in solving the case.

Jenny’s family and friends will gather at the ceremony to remember her.  Law enforcement personnel will also be present to provide updates on the investigation effort.  A candlelight walk will follow the ceremony to remind public that the murder case is still unsolved and that child safety should be a high priority on everyone’s mind.

Public is welcome to join this special event.

Children’s Memorial Ceremony Being Held on April 28

The Children’s Memorial Ceremony for Alameda County is scheduled for April 28 at 4:00 PM in Hayward City Hall on 777 B Street, Hayward. Public is invited to attend and observe. During the ceremony, all children under age of 18 who died of violence since before 1994 will be remembered through the reading of their names. This event is being organized by the Children’s Memorial Committee of Alameda County led by retired Alameda County Supervisor, Ms. Gail Steele. For more information please contact Ms. Steele at 510-538-9422.