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Suspect arrested after eight people, including six Asian women, were killed at Atlanta-area spas

The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community speak out following reports of recent anti-Asian violence.

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Eight people, including six Asian women, were killed in shootings at three different businesses in Atlanta and Acworth, Georgia, on Tuesday, according to local police. A male suspect was arrested and charged with several counts of murder on Wednesday, police said. At a press conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, authorities identified the four victims killed in Cherokee County.

Police confirm a male suspect was arrested and charged with several counts of murder. At least six of the eight people killed were Asian women. Cherokee Country Sheriff’s Office revealed that “The suspect did take responsibility for the shootings.”

“I commend law enforcement for their quick work in arresting a suspect in the tragic shootings on yesterday,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said. “A motive is still not clear, but a crime against any community is a crime against us all.  I have remained in close contact with the White House and APD as they work with federal, state and local partners to investigate the suspect who is responsible for this senseless violence in our city.”

Members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community are condemning anti-Asian violence following news that eight people, including six Asian women, were killed in shootings at three different massage parlors in Georgia on Tuesday.

Stop AAPI Hate released annual statistics earlier on Tuesday.

Dr. Melissa May Borja, a scholar of US religion, APIA studies & migration at the University of Michigan, takes a look at recent events.

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