By CBSLA Staff

CLAREMONT (CBSLA) – Dozens gathered at a ‘Stop Asian Hate’ vigil Sunday as hate crimes against Asian-Americans continue to skyrocket.

Reverend Dr. Jennifer Strickland shared the reverberating sorrow of the Asian American Pacific Islander community following Tuesday’s mass shootings in Atlanta – during a candlelight vigil at Claremont United Church of Christ – that was attended by a diverse crowd.

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“We need to call this what it is,” said Rev. Dr. Jennifer Strickland, of Claremont United Church of Christ.  “A terrorist who has committed a hate-crime against Asian women.”

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Participants brought candles to stand in solidarity with Asian-Americans.

Reverend Strickland says her Korean American mother asked her whether she should start wearing a hat and sunglasses to disguise herself when she leaves her home.

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“The fact that my mother would feel the need to disguise herself from what she is who she is – a beautiful power resilient Asian woman, was devastating,” added Strickland.