Anger and sadness Monday night as community members in Oakland remember 23-month-old Jasper Wu. Those here lit candles in memory of the youngster who would have soon turned two.
“Our hearts are torn, our community is torn because of this. It’s just senseless, we just don’t know what to make of it, we are just totally ripped apart,” said community activist Will Lee.
Those attending the vigil are demanding that the shooter or shooters turn themselves in. At least one community member sending a direct message to those individuals who were involved and who are still out there.
“My message is like this, it’s wrong what you guys did you’re outta pocket for that you know what I’m saying! Leave innocent people alone, facts! Especially babies too, you guys outta pocket,” said Jimmy Bounphengsy.
“I only have three words now, Justice for Jasper, Justice for Jasper,” said Louie.
Community members attending the candlelight vigil don’t know the Wu family, but say they are heartbroken over what happened, and hopeful that someone comes forward with information or video to help find the shooter.
“And to the Wu family, the Bay Area Asian community is here for you, we’re standing strong for you, we’re out here and we’re going to stand here in strength with you,” said Lee.
“We’re talking about an innocent child who had done nothing to anybody. This child never hurt anybody in his life. Why does he deserve to die? He does not deserve this,” said Louie.
Carl Chan of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce coordinated with Jasper’s family and other community groups on an official GoFundMe.