More than $1 million in donations have poured in to support the family of Hyun Jung Grant, 51, who was one of eight people killed during a shooting spree at Atlanta-area spas Tuesday, as donation efforts also ramp up for other victims’ families.
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As of 4:50 p.m. Friday, Grant’s family had raised over $1.4 million from more than 35,000 donors.
A GoFundMe campaign for Elcias Hernandez Ortiz, the lone survivor of Tuesday’s shooting spree, topped $100,000 Friday afternoon.
A campaign for Delania Yaun had raised more than $40,000 by Friday afternoon, while a campaign for Paul Michels—the only man killed in the shootings—was nearing $10,000 just before 5 p.m. Friday.
Organizations like the Asian American Advocacy Fund are also undertaking fundraising efforts to support the victims’ families.
“She was a single mother who dedicated her whole life to providing for my brother and I,” said Randy Park, Grant’s son, in the fundraising description. “She was one of my best friends and the strongest influence on who we are today. Losing her has put a new lens on my eyes on the amount of hate that exists in our world.”
The identities of all the victims were publicly released on Friday, but little remains known about the lives and background of many of those who were killed. Six of the eight victims were Asian women.
Police arrested 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long on Tuesday night as the suspected shooter, charging him with eight counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault for the shootings at three Atlanta-area spas. Police said Long “did frequent” the two spas located in Atlanta city limits and had been dealing with a sex addiction, and said Long decided to carry out the shootings to eliminate his “temptations.” But many also believe a hatred for Asian-Americans was a contributing factor. Regardless of what the motive ultimately was, the shootings pushed the rising hatred for Asian-Americans during the coronavirus pandemic to the forefront of national attention. Georgia’s five Asian-American state lawmakers said Thursday the shootings were part of the rise in hatred toward African-Americans, while prominent U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) noted a sex addiction motive “does not negate other motives.”
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