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Statement from Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and the County Council on the March 16 Shootings in Georgia

For Immediate Release: Wednesday 17 March

Our condolences and sympathies are with the family, friends, and communities of the victims of our nation’s latest senseless mass shooting last night in Georgia. And, although there is not a specific motive cited by authorities at this time regarding why this crime happened, we do know that this tragic news continues a concerning trend of violence against our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

The AAPI community enriches the fabric of our nation and specifically here in Montgomery County. They should not and shall not continue to live in fear.

We are reaching out to leaders within the AAPI communities today and offering resources and protection - including increasing patrols around their neighborhoods and businesses - to assist in their security, peace of mind and for them to feel as safe as possible in this County.

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Release ID: 21-007