The Fulton County Medical Examiner released the names Friday of the final four unidentified women who were among eight killed in a shooting spree at Atlanta-area spas on Tuesday night.
Law enforcement personnel are seen outside a massage parlor in Atlanta on March 16, 2021.
Suncha Kim, 69, Hyun J. Grant, 51, Soon C. Park, 74, and Yong A. Yue, 63, were killed at Gold Massage Spa and Aromatherapy Spa.
The four others killed at Young’s Asian Massage in Acworth, Georgia, who were already identified, are 33-year-old Delaina Ashley Yaun, 49-year-old Xiaojie Tan, 44-year-old Daoyou Feng and 54-year-old Paul Andre Michels.
The one wounded survivor of the rampage, Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz, is reportedly in stable condition.
Much about the lives and background of the victims remains unknown at this point, but there are GoFundMe pages set up for at least two of the victims. A page for Grant set up by her son has received more than $1 million from around 25,000 donations. Grant is described as “a single mother who dedicated her whole life to providing for my brother and I,” with most of her family living in South Korea. Another page has apparently been set up by Hernandez-Ortiz’s wife to help pay for his medical bills, with donations topping $98,000 as of Friday afternoon.
Robert Aaron Long, 21, was arrested for the shootings Tuesday night and has been charged with eight counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault. His motives for the killings have been subject to intense scrutiny and public debate. Long told police he has a sex addiction and he wanted to eliminate his “temptations.” Police have not determined yet whether bias against Asian Americans played a role in the shootings. The shootings have brought public attention to rising hatred toward Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) noted even if Long was a sex addict, “Having one possible motive does not negate other motives.” Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Charles Hampton Jr. said at a news conference Thursday that “nothing is off the table” in regard to the possibility of hate crime charges as the investigation moves forward.
On Wednesday, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Captain Jay Baker said Long had a “really bad day,” leading to outrage over his perceived sympathy for the accused killer. The Daily Beast subsequently reported that Baker shared photos on Facebook last year of racist T-shirts that proclaimed that Covid-19 is an “imported virus from CHY-NA.” He’s now facing calls for his resignation.
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