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'Terror and anguish' persist one year after killings at Atlanta-area spas

(CBS News) -- President Joe Biden on Wednesday remembered the victims of the shootings at three massage businesses in Georgia a year earlier and decried racism, misogyny and gun violence.

Six women of Asian descent were among the eight people killed on March 16, 2021. Though prosecutors disagree about whether the shootings were motivated by racial animus, the slayings contributed to fear and anger among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders already experiencing a rise in hostility and motivated many people to join the fight against it.

Asian American organizations in cities across the country planned rallies Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the shootings and to promote awareness about ongoing violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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