By CBSLA Staff

GARDEN GROVE (CBSLA) – A prayer vigil was held in Orange County Wednesday night in response to a mass shooting that left eight people dead at an Atlanta spa.

The Garden Grove vigil was for the growing number of Asian-Americans who have been targeted by hate crimes in the last year.

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Since the pandemic began, these crimes are up by an estimated 1,200% in the area, according to the Center For The Study Of Hate And Extremism.

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Police are not certain if the spa shootings were racially motivated, but some community leaders believe they were.

“It is not acceptable,” said Tammy Kim, vice mayor of Irvine.

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The Garden Grove mayor has asked police to boost already enhanced patrols.