Los Angeles elected officials, faith leaders and cultural leaders gathered at First AME Church of Los Angeles Monday evening for a candlelight vigil to honor the victims killed in two racist and hate-motivated mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Laguna Woods last week.

The vigil was hosted by the Los Angeles Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department and attended by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmen Curren Price and Paul Koretz and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore.

A candle was lit for each of the 11 victims killed during the two shootings: 10 in Buffalo on May 14 and one in Laguna Woods on May 15.

“We are hosting this vigil to honor the lives lost to hate in Buffalo and to create space for people to grieve, heal, and find community across cultures and across faiths,” Capri Maddox, the department’s executive director, said before the vigil.

“These deadly attacks were not isolated incidents. Hate crimes and racially motivated violence against many communities is rising in the U.S., including right here in Los Angeles. We need to stand together and make it known that when they come for one of us, they come for all of us.”

Moore told ABC7 after the vigil “it’s a somber night, but I’m also encouraged that this is not being accepted as the status quo.”

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