Popular California Dentist's Boyfriend, Another Man Arrested In Connection To Her Death

Source: Alameda County Jail; MEGA

Hasheem Bason and Nelson Peter Chia.

Oct. 29 2022, Published 4:30 p.m. ET

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A California dentist's boyfriend and another man were arrested in connection to her death, which police have not released the full details of as of yet.

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According to KTVU, Nelson Peter Chia, 73, the longtime boyfriend of Lili Xu, was arrested on Oct. 27 and killed himself at Santa Rita jail on Oct. 28. Chia and Hasheem Bason, 35, were both arrested in connection to the death of Xu, who was a beloved dentist in Oakland's Little Saigon neighborhood.

According to jail records, Chia was taken to jail on suspicion of murder. Bason, meanwhile, was also booked on a murder charge, though his connection to Xu and Chia was not clear, according to KTVU.

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KTVU reported that surveillance video showed Xu and Chia pull up in a Mercedes and park on the side of the street in August, which made it appear that Chia was not the shooter of Xu. Then, a Lexus pulled up next the Mercedes before screams and three gunshots are heard.


Police have not said who was driving the Lexus.

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"For some unknown reason the individual fired multiple rounds, striking the victim," Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said at the time. "This crime was senseless, unfortunate, and the Little Saigon neighborhood has been impacted by violence the last several weeks."

Many originally thought that Xu's killing was racist attack on an Asian-American woman in an attempted robbery that was botched, according to KTVU. However, the arrests appear to contradict that theory.

"I am outraged and sickened over the senseless, brutal slaying of an elderly AAPI woman in broad daylight this afternoon in Oakland's Little Saigon," Oakland Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas previously told KTVU. "There was an attempted robbery in the middle of the afternoon, she was shot and killed."


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