Vigils Honoring Atlanta Victims Draw Mourners Across U.S.

From Sacramento to Salt Lake City to Philadelphia, thousands gathered this weekend at vigils across the country with signs, candles, portraits and flowers grieving the eight victims of Tuesday’s shootings in Atlanta and crying out against anti-Asian racism.

In Atlanta, hundreds attended a rally and march Saturday afternoon, some holding signs reading “Stop Asian Hate” and “Racism Is A Virus.” The demonstrators met at Liberty Plaza, across the street from the Georgia state Capitol, where just last year lawmakers passed a hate crimes bill allowing additional penalties to be added when perpetrators are convicted of other crimes.