Council of Korean Americans Mourns Victims of Atlanta Shootings
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date Published: March 17, 2021
Washington, D.C. — The Council of Korean Americans (CKA) extends its deepest sympathies to the victims and families of those involved in last night’s shootings at spas in the greater Atlanta, Georgia region. We mourn the eight individuals who lost their lives and offer our support and prayers to those injured. According to media reports, six of those who lost their lives were of Asian descent, and of them, four were Korean women.
At this time, prosecutors and law enforcement have not released full information about the motive behind the crimes and an investigation is ongoing. A suspect is in custody.
“We are devastated by the terrible violence in Atlanta and mourn with the families of these victims,” stated CKA Executive Director Abraham Kim. “Regardless of the motive, the effect of this shooting on our communities is clear. Our hearts go out to all those who are experiencing deep feelings of grief and anger.”
This horrific tragedy occurs in the context of an escalation of violence against the Asian American community and a year-long wave of anti-Asian hate and bias. We encourage members of the community to express and acknowledge the feelings and trauma they may be experiencing right now.
CKA stands with the Atlanta community and calls upon all Americans to protect and support one another during this time of tragedy. We strongly condemn all acts of violence and discrimination against our Asian communities. CKA is in touch with local community leaders and officials and will continue to monitor this situation.
The Council of Korean Americans is a national nonprofit organization. Our mission is to advance the national voice, interest, and influence of the Korean American community through education, collaboration, and leadership development.
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