While authorities are still trying to establish a motive, Tuesday's killings have heightened fears among Asian-Americans after a year of rising attacks on the community during the coronavirus pandemic.
"We're all here today because we are in pain and we are angry. Members of our community were murdered in cold blood on Tuesday," said Ravi Reddi of the Asian American Federation.
Reddi read out the names of the victims and led a moment of silence. Six of those killed were women of Asian descent.