UC San Diego is deeply saddened by the news that eight people, including six Asian women, were shot dead at three metropolitan Atlanta establishments on Tuesday night. We mourn the senseless and tragic loss of these lives. While the man being charged with the murders denies his actions were racially motivated, the killings come at a time when attacks on Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have increased dramatically.
When faced with tragedies such as these, we often feel afraid for our personal safety and the safety of our friends and families. UC San Diego stands together with our Asian, Asian American, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander family, friends and neighbors, and we denounce any and all acts of violence, hatred, or bigotry towards these community members. We encourage everyone to reach out to fellow Tritons to support one another and to be “in community” as we navigate this vulnerable time. Through compassionate actions, we create a campus community of care and belonging.