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A trip to the spa that ended in death. These are some of the victims of the Atlanta-area shootings

   
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by The Oregon Herald Staff




 
Asian Women Killed at Massage Shops Atlanta-area shootings victims identified
 
Last Tuesday at the spa in Acworth, Georgia, Delaina Yaun and her husband were at work at Youngs Asian Massage. Suddenly a gunman entered and opened fire.

"They just went to go have some time alone, husband and wife. Just time together," Dana Toole, Yaun's sister, told CNN. "Unfortunately, it went bad. It went bad real fast."

Yaun was one of the nine victims in killed in the shootings at three different spas in the Atlanta-area - one in Acworth and two in Atlanta. Six out of the eight people who lost their lives were Asian women.

Four people were killed at the spa in Cherokee County, about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta. They were identified by authorities as 33-year-old Yaun, of Acworth; Paul Andre Michels, 54, of Atlanta; Xiaojie Tan, 49, of Kennesaw; and Daoyou Feng, 44. One man, Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz, survived.

The four victims who were killed at two spas in Atlanta were identified Friday by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office: Soon C. Park, 74; Hyun J. Grant, 51; Suncha Kim, 69; and Yong A. Yue, 63.

Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Charles Hampton Jr. said they still need to determine the motive, but that it was too soon to say whether the suspect "specifically targeted" victims. Authorities said Wednesday that Robert Aaron Long, 21, indicated he committed the shootings because of a sex addiction, but experts say it's hard to disentangle race from the killings. Long waived his right to an initial court appearance in Cherokee County on Thursday.

Four people were also killed at the spas in Atlanta. On Friday, the Fulton County Medical Examiner identified the victims as Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; Suncha Kim, 69; and Yong Ae Yue, 63. Among them were mothers, a business owner and an avid cook. This is what we know so far about the victims.

In records released to USA TODAY, police say a caller reported Long had been kicked out of his parent's home the day before the shooting and was "emotional." The report also says Long was recently furloughed from his job at a trade show business due to COVID-19.

Authorities say the suspect opened fire at Young's Asian Massage in Acworth on Tuesday evening, killing four people and injuring a fifth, before driving 30 miles into Atlanta and killing four more people at two businesses, Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa. Long was arrested about 150 miles south of Atlanta. Police said he was heading to Florida and intended to carry out more shootings as spas there.

The shootings came with a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the United States. Witnesses have only started to come to terms with the horror they experienced at the spas.

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