Family and friends hold vigil demanding justice for Reinhart Asuncion, an Asian-American man killed in a San Lorenzo traffic shootout


SAN LORENZO, Calif. (KGO) — Anna Tolentino and her husband led a prayer group for their son Reinhart Asuncion at the intersection of Lewelling and Hesperian Boulevards in San Lorenzo, where he was shot dead last Sunday.

“It’s tragic for me what happened to my son. It’s terrible,” says a very emotional Tolentino.

Late in the afternoon of September 18, Asuncion, 30, approached a car after a possible road traffic incident, allegedly to confront the other driver. MPs say he was shot in the process. No arrests were made.

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Hariss Mojadedi, an organizer from the AAPI community, addressed the crowd gathered for the candlelight vigil.

“We are here tonight to honor Reinhart’s legacy. We are here tonight because he was a son and a husband. And because there are too many deaths from gun violence. There is too much hate,” says Mojadedi.

Family and friends reflected on the man they affectionately called Tiago. He just got married four months ago and was on the phone with his new wife when he was shot at.

“A person lost a life here. Every single person who has lost their life to gun violence is a tragedy. We have to stop this,” said Juan Gonzalez, a San Leandro resident.

Shawn Kumagai, Dublin City Council member running for state assembly and representing that part of the East Bay, has a campaign office blocks away. He points out that this is another Asian American family affected by gun violence here in the Bay Area.

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“Ultimately, these families deserve justice. And they deserve the resources they need to achieve that justice and accountability,” says Kumagai.

After a moment of silence, they lit candles at the intersection, where a large sign read “Justice for Reinhart” above them.

“Just justice for my son. That’s it. That’s all,” says his mother through tears.

Family and friends are now raising money for Rienhart’s funeral. If you would like to donate, visit the GoFundMe page here.

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