Vigil held in Fresno to remember victims in Atlanta shootings

Community leaders say they are working to create a safe space for Asian Americans -- and other minority groups in the Fresno area.

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REPORTER: A pair of local nonprofits held a vigil to remember the eight people killed in a shooting spree in Atlanta last week. Six of those victims were Asian-American women.

- I want to remember these eight people for who they were.

REPORTER: The Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries and Hmong Innovating Politics groups teamed up to put on the vigil. Yesterday's ceremony centered around a message of stopping the hate. Community leaders say they're working to create a safe space for Asian-Americans and other minority groups in the Fresno area.

GAONOUCCI BELLE VANG: One of the issues that we are facing is that people are afraid to report the hate crimes. And there's also been distrust in the community as well.

REPORTER: Last week, the Fresno police department came forward in solidarity with the city's Asian-American community. Officers say they're investigating possible hate crimes and working to prevent any attacks against that demographic.