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Neighbors supply native safety escorts in wake of anti-Asian assaults

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – After the Atlanta spa shootings, local volunteers work to help Asian Americans worried about their safety.

“Absolutely awful,” said Adam, a resident of North Park. “Like everyone else, I was heartbroken to see what happened.”

Although the deadly shootings have not yet been charged as hate crimes, they are taking place amid an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes across the country.

Adam and his girlfriend Jessica have traveled extensively in Asia. He counts many Asian Americans as friends.

“I think as a community we have to stand together against hatred. We have to take care of each other,” said Adam.

On Monday, Adam and his girlfriend posted an offer on the Nextdoor website.

“If I had an Asian-American neighbor who was scared of running errands, we would be with them and go with them,” Adam said.

In response, several people have already expressed their interest.

“No appointments yet, but I hope someone will take my offer soon. If it brings a little peace and quiet so they can buy groceries, that’s a small win,” said Adam.

Adam’s Post is one of several similar ones that has come up on Nextdoor from across the county.

Adam and his girlfriend both trained for several years in Krav Maga, an Israeli self-defense training course.

“I’m not a tough guy looking for a fight. On the contrary. I’m a pacifist and just a normal guy … At the same time, we can’t sit back and just watch our Asian-American neighbors being attacked on the street,” said Adam.

Adam now hopes to be able to help in his own way by taking some walks.

“We all have an obligation to stand together and help one another,” said Adam.

Adam says about 10 neighbors offered to join him to offer the escorts.