Vigils held in Tennessee to raise awareness about racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — “Remember her,” and “remember him.”

Those chants could be heard in different parts of Tennessee with vigils being held to raise awareness about violence and racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The vigils come days after eight people were shot during the spa shootings in Atlanta, six of the victims were of Asian descent.

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One of those vigils took place at Krutch Park in Knoxville.

“We’re here to highlight the fact that Asian Americans are being targeted and harmed as a result of rhetoric that has been happening over the last year and a half. So we want to honor their lives tonight,” said Sarah Bounse, organizer of the event.

One by one, stories of the Asian American experience were shared.

“I wept for the loss of these lives and for their families left wondering what they had done to deserve such a thing.” said Hyunkyung “Aileen” Lee.

You can watch the full vigil below:

Two other vigils were held Sunday night, one in Nashville and the other was in Memphis.

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