On Jiansheng Chen's Killing
What we do know is that a 60-year-old grandfather is no longer with us, and his family, friends and neighbors are
devastated, angry and completely frustrated at the lack of information that has been provided to them about the case.
Today, I met with the nephew of Mr. Chen and many of his close friends who traveled from Chesapeake to the state’s
capital to share their concerns.
In addition to the same questions that I have about the lack of information on this case, Mr. Chen’s family want to know
when, where and how will justice be done in this case?
Since I first heard about the fatal shooting three weeks ago, I have spoken with the Brian Moran, Virginia’s Secretary of
Public Safety and Homeland Security about this case.
I also sent a letter outlining my request that the Secretary utilize all resources available to him to fully investigate this
incident in a fact-based, transparent and expedient manner, so that Mr. Chen’s family and all Virginians will know the truth
about what happened and that our judicial system works for them.
I have also been in regular contact with my colleagues in the state legislature, including Delegates Ron Villanueva and
Barry Knight, who represent the Hampton Roads region.
We have been in touch with local police and Commonwealth’s Attorney in Chesapeake to urge that they expedite their
criminal investigations, and we eagerly await their decision on how they will proceed with the criminal investigation.
As we patiently await official action from local authorities, I urge anyone with credible information about the incident to
contact the local authorities immediately.
I also urge the community to remain calm and coordinated, and to not circulate any information that may not be relevant to
the criminal matter at hand.
Our foremost focus must be on Mr. Chen. A gentle and kind grandfather, father, uncle, brother and friend has been taken
from us. Let us do all we can to honor his life by remaining vigilant and coordinated, urging decisive and just action from
the local law enforcement officials.
Delegate Mark Keam (www.DelegateKeam.org, @MarkKeam) represents Virginia’s 35th House District located in Fairfax
County, which includes Tysons, the Town of Vienna, Dunn Loring and portions of McLean, Oakton and Fairfax. Currently
serving in his fourth term, Delegate Keam is a member of the House Commerce and Labor, Education, Finance and
Agriculture committees and the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences.
Delegate Mark Keam’s Statement on the Fatal
Shooting of Mr. Jiansheng Chen
RICHMOND, VA, Feb. 14– Delegate Mark Keam (D-Vienna) issued the
following statement on the fatal shooting of Mr. Jiansheng Chen:
On January 26, 2017, an innocent Virginian lost his life when someone
riddled him with bullets while he was sitting in his car in his own
neighborhood. Nearly three week later, we still do not know many of the key
facts surrounding the tragic death of Mr. Jiansheng Chen:
• We do not know the identity of the shooter.
• We do not know if the shooter was acting within the scope of his
employment as a private security guard when he shot Mr. Chen.
• We do not know if the shooter was authorized to carry a firearm, or if he
was properly trained to use a firearm.
• We do not know what if any immediate events or conversations led to the
shooter deciding to draw his firearm and to shoot Mr. Chen several times
• We do not know if Mr. Chen’s race or immigrant status played any role in
• We do not know why the shooter’s attorney is asserting self-defense
with no evidence to back up his claim.
OCA Supports Charges Against Killer of Jiansheng Chen
WASHINGTON, D.C. - OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates supports charges filed against the killer of Jiansheng Chen.
On Thursday, the charges of second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in a murder were filed against the killer of
Jiansheng Chen, or "Grandpa Chen", as he became affectionately known after his death. Chen, a 60-year-old grandfather
who spoke little English, was shot several times by a security guard while sitting in his van playing Pokemon Go, a popular
game for smartphones. Advocates from Virginia and around the country were outraged at the killing and the failure to file
charges against the security guard. OCA - Eastern Virginia Chapter was a leader in the efforts to obtain justice, and their
efforts included hosting a vigil, organizing a protest, and sending a letter demanding justice to the Virginia
"We support the charges filed against the killer of Jiansheng Chen, whose unwarranted death has been so hard on his
family and the Virginia Asian community. We thank the community members who stood with us and the Chen family to
demand justice, including Virginia State Delegates Ron Villeneuva and Mark Keam, and United States Representatives
Bobby Scott, Donald McEachin, and Grace Meng. We also recognize that this is the initial step in the long process which will
bring final justice to 'Grandpa Chen', as he is known to his supporters around the country. We will be monitoring this case
closely, to ensure that all proper procedures are followed and that justice is served. OCA - Eastern Virginia Chapter will
continue to provide full support to Mr. Chen's family in the trial until the full verdict is made," said Harry Zhang, President of
OCA - Eastern Virginia.
"We are proud of the leadership that our OCA - Eastern Virginia Chapter has shown in helping advocate on behalf of the
Chen family. Through their actions, our Eastern Virginia chapter has made sure local authorities know that our Asian
American and Pacific Islander community will not stand idly by in the absence of justice. It is of the utmost importance in
these trying times that we ensure fair treatment and equal justice are upheld by law enforcement," said Vicki Shu, OCA's
Vice President of Public Affairs.