On Tuesday, March 16th, 8 people, 6 of whom were of Asian descent, were tragically killed in a hate crime in Atlanta, GA. I want to express our condolences and sympathy to the community of Atlanta, GA for their loss. Springfield mourns with you. It would be easy to see this as something that happened in another town on a different coast. However, this crime and others are among a rising trend of violence and racism targeting members of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities nationwide. Violence and racism are never acceptable.

To our AAPI neighbors and community, you are welcome in Springfield. You are a part of our story. We want you to build your future here. The City of Springfield is committed to building a community of opportunity for everyone.

Springfield Mayor Sean VanGordon