Mourners Gather in New York City for Victims of Atlanta Mass Shooting

A vigil was held in New York City on March 17 to pay respect to the eight victims who were killed in a mass shooting in Atlanta the previous day.

Eight people, six of whom were Asian women, were shot dead at three different massage parlors in the Atlanta area on March 16. President Joe Biden said that while the motive was still unclear, recent attacks against the Asian-American community were “un-American”.

A 21-year-old man, Robert Aaron Long, was named as the suspect in the shootings. The City of Atlanta Police Department said the suspect took responsibility for the shootings but his motive was unclear. The suspect indicated that he had “sexual addictions” and may have visited the massage parlors in the past, according to police.

In video uploaded to Instagram by lauraberthlima, mourners can be seen holding candles while listening to speakers. The crowd also chants “stop the hate” and “end white supremacy.” Credit: lauraberthlima via Storyful