On Mar. 23, 2021 a vigil was held at the UCF Reflecting Pond in Orlando, Fla. to honor all anti-Asian hate victims, including the eight in Atlanta who were killed on Mar. 16, 2021. The event was organized by the UCF Social Justice and Advocacy Department, UCF Student Government, UCF Asian Pacific American Coalition, and Orlando community activists.

People came to support the AAPI community during this time and to acknowledge the racism and xenophobia of Asians in the United States since its beginning. The event included speakers who voiced their experience as Asian Americans and a lantern ceremony at dusk.
People wait for the event to begin at the UCF Reflecting Pond in Orlando, Fla. on Mar. 23, 2021.
People wait for the event to begin at the UCF Reflecting Pond in Orlando, Fla. on Mar. 23, 2021.
Amber Lee, a member of the UCF Asian Student Association, holds a sign before the event begins.
Amber Lee, a member of the UCF Asian Student Association, holds a sign before the event begins.
People listen to live music from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community on Mar. 23, 2021.
People listen to live music from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community on Mar. 23, 2021.
A member of Wah Lum volunteers at the event on Mar. 23, 2021.
A member of Wah Lum volunteers at the event on Mar. 23, 2021.
Danny Chen holds his written speech which he voiced his experience as an Asian American during the vigil on Mar. 23, 2021.
Danny Chen holds his written speech which he voiced his experience as an Asian American during the vigil on Mar. 23, 2021.
A candle is placed at the edge of the UCF Reflecting Pool.
A candle is placed at the edge of the UCF Reflecting Pool.
A speaker commemorates the lives lost to anti-Asian hate crimes on Mar. 23, 2021.
A speaker commemorates the lives lost to anti-Asian hate crimes on Mar. 23, 2021.
People hold their candles during the vigil on Mar. 23, 2021.
People hold their candles during the vigil on Mar. 23, 2021.
Lanterns and candles sit at the edge of the UCF Reflecting Pool on Mar. 23, 2021.
Lanterns and candles sit at the edge of the UCF Reflecting Pool on Mar. 23, 2021.
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