CASTRO VALLEY (CBS SF) – A candlelight vigil and walk will honor a slain Castro Valley teenager on the 17th anniversary of her murder in an effort to raise awareness about child safety Friday evening.The service, taking place at the Castro Valley Library at 3600 Norbridge Ave. at 6:30 p.m., is held every year to remember Jenny Lin, a 14-year-old girl who was killed in her home on May 27, 1994.

Jenny was just a few weeks shy of her eighth grade graduation from Canyon Middle School when she was murdered, her father John Lin said. She was a straight-A student who played viola in her school’s orchestra.

No suspects were ever prosecuted in the case, according to Lin, and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office cold case unit is handling the crime.

Those concerned with protecting children from violent crimes are encouraged to join Alameda County Assistant Deputy Attorney Sharmin Bock, who will speak at the service.

“The walk is to raise awareness that Jenny’s case is still not solved yet and for child safety,” Lin said.

The event is organized through the Jenny Lin Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on youth music education and child safety.

A $100,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the conviction of Jenny’s murderer. Anyone with information is asked to call the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office at (510) 667-7721.

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