Police turn to social media for help solving 2001 murder

21-year-old Maria Hsiao was fatally shot outside Q-Cafe in Palo Alto on June 10, 2001.


Maria Hsiao (far left) was out celebrating her birthday with friends when she was gunned down.
In Palo Alto, police are asking for the public's help and turning to social media for assistance solving a 16-year-old homicide case, in which a young woman was gunned down outside a downtown night club.

Police look to public, social media, for help in cracking Palo Alto cold case

21-year-old Maria Hsiao was shot once in the head while standing outside the now-defunct Q-Cafe in Palo Alto, located at 529 Alma St., just after midnight on June 10, 2001. Hsiao, a student at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, was out celebrating her birthday with her sister and some friends when she was gunned down.

Police never recovered the weapon nor developed a motive for the fatal shooting.

Over the weekend, on the anniversary of the shooting, the Palo Alto Police Department re-circulated a 10-minute video about the case, calling for anyone with information about the killing to come forward. The video, first released in 2015, includes interviews with police and Hsiao's loved ones.

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Author: Marcus M. Wise

I love to spend my time online and on some outdoor activities that I like. I spend my weekends by going out with my friends and family. I also love to travel around the world if there a window for monetary budget. I have been into some exciting places and I am surprised to new things I saw.

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