CBS4's Frances Wang reports on the local demonstration.
- Rallies held in several US cities honoring the victims killed in Tuesday's rampage in the Atlanta area. Of the eight killed, six were Asian-Americans. The 21-year-old suspect is in custody, and even though he told police the shootings were not racially inspired, authorities say it's just too early to determine a motive.
The shooting shed light on anti-Asian hate crimes, which have nearly tripled during the pandemic. Some national and local leaders, as well as members of the Asian-American community, have been very vocal offering their words of support. CBS4's Frances Wang has the story.
FRANCES WANG: Vigils and rallies all across America to honor the victims of the Atlanta shootings.
- You see something, well you have--
FRANCES WANG: From California to Pittsburgh, down here to South Florida, the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community here may be small, but still, it's strong.
- It's been really hard last year. The xenophobia that has emerged with the start of the pandemic--
FRANCES WANG: More than 3800 racial incidents have been reported since the start of the pandemic. AAPIs in Broward and Miami-Dade counties have felt the anti-Asian sentiment.
JAY KIM: That means I've been here 47 years, and for the past year, I have never felt more foreign.
- We were the ones talking about supporting Asian businesses, going to our local pique oriental, or Kmart, and really supporting those businesses because they were hardest hit in the beginning of the pandemic.
FRANCES WANG: And now with eight people killed in the deadliest mass shooting since 2019, AAPIs are in pain.
JOSHUA HO: Every one of the victims are someone's mother, someone's daughter, someone's son, someone's father, someone's grandparents. We have to get together. We talk about diversity, we have to be inclusive, we have to be real Americans.
FRANCES WANG: Elected officials, leaders of Black and Latino communities, all here to show their support.
- There is strength in our unity.
FRANCES WANG: And while culturally, AAPIs don't report crimes, some say it's time to speak up.
- We were always kind of taught to keep your head down, do your work, and don't make a lot of trouble. And that's a problem in the United States where we're not going to be able to fight injustice unless we start speaking out a little bit more.
FRANCES WANG: In [INAUDIBLE], Frances Wang, CBS 4 News.