Delaina Yaun and her husband went to Young's Asian Massage, a spa in Acworth, Georgia, on Tuesday. What would have been a time alone turned tragic when a man started shooting people inside the establishment. Delaina Yaun was among the victims of the Atlanta spa shootings. Yaun's husband survived the incident, but she was fatally hit.
Who are the Victims of the Atlanta Spa Shootings?
According to Dana Toole, Yaun's sister, "They just went to go have some time alone, husband and wife. Just time together. Unfortunately, it went bad. It went bad real fast," reported CNN.
Eight people were killed as a man started shooting in three Atlanta-area spas on Tuesday. Six of them were Asian women.
On Tuesday, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department identified four of the victims. All four were gunned at Young's Asian Massage in the northern suburb of Atlanta. This was the first shooting location.
On Thursday night in Cherokee County, at the initial shootings site, the community held a vigil to pay tribute to individuals who died. An increasing number of signs and flowers blocked Young's Asian Massage's front door, reported GPB.
The list of the Atlanta victims is as follows: Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Xiaojie Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; and Paul Andre Michels, 54. A fifth victim, Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, was wounded in the shooting and is now in stable condition. Hernandez-Ortiz was apparently making his way to a money-exchange business next to the massage parlor when the shooting started. He called his wife, Flor Gonzalez, moments following being shot, crying out for help. He is the only survivor of Tuesday's shootings.
Four other victims at other Atlanta spas were identified on Friday by the Fulton County Medical Examiner. The victims were Hyun Grant, 51; Soon C. Park, 74; Yong A. Yue, 63, and Suncha Kim, 69.
In the vigil held to honor the victims, Brittany Bengert started the ceremony with a request. She asked the guests to light their candles. A few dozen people were present, with some clutching signs that said, "Disarm Hate" and some holding candles. Bengert stated during the ceremony, "Let us show these families, our neighbors, that we are here for them. We hold them in our hearts and remember the beautiful souls lost," reported Insider.
Park Hyeon Jeong and Julie Park were among the four people shot at Atlanta's Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa. Their names have been shared widely by netizens on Twitter, including Jenny Han and Padma Lakshmi. However, the Atlanta Police Department has yet to confirm their identities.
Hyun Jung Grant was also among people killed at Gold Massage Spa in Atlanta. Randy Park, her son, described her as a single mother who provided for him and his brother.
Forty-nine-year-old Tan of Kennesaw, Georgia, was a licensed massage therapist. She also owned Young's Asian Massage, where the initial shooting transpired.
Police officials arrested a 21-year-old white man responsible for the case. He was identified as Robert Aaron Long.