SAN RAFAEL — Heath Yamaguchi, brother of Ashley Yamauchi, shared the following post on Facebook on Dec. 9.


On Dec. 16 in 2008, my little sister, Ashley Yamauchi, was found dead. She was raped and murdered. She was found half-dressed on the ground in a parking lot on the 700 block of Fourth Street in Downtown San Rafael, California.

We are approaching the anniversary again, and despite the $50,000 reward approved by [Gov.] Arnold Schwarzenegger, this case is still unsolved.

My family, friends, and supporters will be gathering again this year to hold a vigil to remember Ashley’s life and death. Also, to raise awareness in the community where she was found that her rapist and murderer has still not been caught. And to remind the public that there is still a $50,000 reward to be claimed for any information leading to a conviction in her case.

Please join us on Monday, Dec. 16, anytime between 4 p.m.-8 p.m. in front of 711 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA.

This vigil is important to me because I believe it is critical that Ashley’s story and the reward offer reaches as many people as possible. Our hope is that, maybe this year, it is heard by the one right person or persons that may have not come forward before but may be compelled to speak up now.

If you can make it out to show your support (even for a short visit) I would be very grateful, as it shows she isn’t forgotten and helps draw attention to her case within the community of San Rafael.

It’s going on 11 years now, we still are hopeful for some sort of justice. I hope you can join us and help bring justice for Ashley.

Thank you for your time and I hope you can make it out.

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