“We are here today to stand in support for the victims and their families of the Atlanta shootings, but also call attention to this huge problem that will not go away until people speak out,” said Liu. “That is exactly what we’re doing today.”
Derek Perkinson, field director of National Action Network, spoke at the event.
“We know this is a hate crime, we do not have to wait for law enforcement to say so,” he said. “We can see it for ourselves.”
CNN reported that the first shooting occurred at Youngs Asian Massage in Acworth, Georgia, shortly before 5 p.m. on March 16, killing four.
Within an hour, four more people were killed at Gold Massage Spa and Aroma Therapy Spa.
The county sheriff’s office has been criticized by saying the killed was having a “bad day” and refusing to label the shootings a hate crime.
“The sheriff’s office response is in some way worse than the killings themselves,” Liu said. “The killer intentionally went to Asian businesses to shoot and kill people.”