Roanoke mayor joins Gov. Northam in releasing statement regarding Tuesday’s shootings in Atlanta

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Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Mayor Sherman Lea has issued a statement on Tuesday’s shootings in Atlanta.

During the course of the shootings, eight people were killed — six of whom were said to have been Asian women.

This morning I learned of a situation that occurred overnight in the Atlanta, Georgia: A series of shootings killing eight people, some of whom were of Asian descent. These deaths are tragic and, as Mayor of the City of Roanoke, I want to affirm that we do not condone these attacks. As a Welcoming City and a Compassionate City, Roanoke is home to many Asian residents who have come to us from places like China, South Korea, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, and Vietnam.

I want to reassure our citizens that Roanoke values and supports its Asian community, and recognizes their value to our City. We are proud of our relationship with our Asian residents, and are committed to working with them to add strength and vitality to Roanoke’s quality of life.

Mayor Sherman P. Lea, Sr.

Gov. Ralph Northam also released a statement on the incident:

“We are grieving with the Asian American community and all of the victims of the horrific shootings in Atlanta last night that took eight lives, six of whom were women of Asian descent. This is the latest in a series of heinous attacks against Asian Americans across this nation, but sadly these are not isolated events. Since the start of the pandemic, we have seen a disturbing rise in inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric, harassment, and violence against Asian American communities. 

Hate and bigotry have no place in our Commonwealth or country. We all have a responsibility to condemn these racist acts and make clear that this is not who we are as Virginians, or as Americans. 

“We will continue to ensure that Virginia is a place where all people are welcome and our diversity is celebrated. We stand in solidarity with members of the Asian American community and those facing discrimination, hate incidents, fear, and intimidation. We must do everything in our power to make their safety a priority and to stand against all forms of injustice.”

Gov. Ralph Northam

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