Jessica Dimalanta Asian hate crime: Vallejo, California teen girl family says daughter is victim of hate crime after being shot through the eye in San Francisco.
Jessica Dimalanta, 19, of Vallejo, California was attending car stunt shows with four friends in San Francisco in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 21, when several suspects allegedly in a dark sedan opened fire on the grey Lexus she was riding in.
Dimalanta and a 19-year-old male were hit, while the other three friends were spared as the suspects fled the scene.
She was then taken to UCSF Mission Bay Hospital in San Francisco.
Family insist teen victim was targeted cause she is Asian
Dimalanta was later transferred to San Francisco General Hospital in non-life-threatening condition.
Police have not made reference to a hate crime during their investigation, according to NextShark.
But multiple family members of Dimalanta, including her uncle and mother, claim that she was targeted for being Asian.
Dimalanta’s uncle, Dexter Martin, started a GoFundMe page for his niece, which has come Saturday afternoon had raised over $47,293 for her care so far.
According to Martin, a bullet went ‘straight through her right eye,’ leaving the teenager ‘permanently impaired.’
‘While doctors were able to remove the shell, fragments still are embedded in her face, and she is unable to chew and speak without pain,’ Martin wrote.
Asian hate crime: real world consequences
‘Jessica will need medical care, is afraid for her life, and does not want to go outside because she fears something else is happening to her,’ Martin says, noting she will require physical and mental therapy.
‘Jessica is the sweetest, kind, caring person with an angelic voice, loves to sing and spend time with her family,’ Martin says.
‘She helps her single mother take care of her younger siblings, nieces, and nephews. She did not deserve to have to suffer like this. No one deserves this at all.’
Dimalanta was set to begin classes this week with the goal of becoming a healthcare provider, but her injuries have put that plan on hold.
The GoFund Me concludes: ‘We also want to bring awareness to the anti-Asian violence and racism that is evolving around us. Let’s, please work together to stop senseless violent hate crimes and continue to take care of one another.
‘We are praying for past and current victims of these crimes, and hope we can move toward a safer and more inclusive society.’
No arrests to date have been made.