Vigil Planned To Remember Lives Lost In Atlanta

The vigil is set to take place outside the City-County Building, KDKA's Chris Hoffman reports.

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BRIANA SMITH: Americans are rallying around Asian communities this weekend following the deadly shooting rampage at Atlanta-area spas. Those killings come amid a surge of hate crimes against Asian Americans. Our Chris Hoffman joins us now with the local efforts to shine a spotlight on this issue. Chris?

CHRIS HOFFMAN: Good morning, Briana. The latest effort will be a candlelight vigil tonight at the steps of the City County Building. It will remember the lives lost in the shootings in Atlanta earlier this week. Now in all, eight people were killed, including six women of Asian descent. Several organizations are putting this vigil together. According to a Facebook Event page, it will start at 6:30 with speakers at 7:00. The message will be to stand together against hate and condemn violence against the Asian American community. This comes after a rally in Oakland on Saturday to stop the hate against Asian Americans. Hundreds came out to make that call to action, including actress and activist Sandra Oh. She encouraged everyone to support their neighbor, and speak up when they see something wrong.

SANDRA OH: And one way to kind of go through and get through our fear is to reach out to our communities. Reach out-- everyone here, I will, I will offer, I will challenge everyone here. If you see something, will you help me?

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CHRIS HOFFMAN: Now since last March, Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate has had 3,800 hate crimes and violent acts reported to them. Pittsburgh Public Safety is aware of the uptick in violence against the Asian American community, and says, in the event of any emergency, people should call 911. Now for that vigil tonight, people are reminded to wear masks and abide by social distancing guidelines. Live this morning, Chris Hoffman, KDKA news.