Names of Atlanta Shooting Victims Released, Charged Suspect | Gun violence news
One was a new mother taking a rare break to care for her baby girl. Another was a US Army veteran who installed security systems in the Atlanta area.
They were among eight people killed Tuesday in shootings at three Atlanta metro massage companies. Police charged a 21-year-old man with murder in the murders. Authorities have now released all the names of the victims.
Seven of those killed were women and six of them were of Asian descent. The first to be named were Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, Paul Andre Michels, 54, Daoyou Feng, 44, and Xiaojie Tan, 49, who owned one of the massage businesses.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the other four women on Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. These included Soon C Park, 74, Hyun J Grant, 51, Suncha Kim, 69, and Yong A Yue, 63.
Here’s a look at some of those who died in America’s deadliest mass shooting since 2019.
Delaina Ashley Yaun
It was planned as a day for Yaun to relax.
Yaun and her husband arranged for someone to take care of their eight-month-old daughter as they made their way to the Asian Youngs massage parlor. Family members said the couple were a first-time customer, eager to relax.
They were in separate rooms inside the spa when the gunman opened fire. Yaun was killed. Her husband escaped unscathed.
I can’t stop thinking about Delaina Ashley Yaun’s family. I spoke to her sister, Dana Toole, today and she shared this photo of her sister with me. She says Delaina, 33, and her husband were at the Asian Youngs massage parlor for a date night away from their children (8 months and 14). pic.twitter.com/fR6xZAz9RB
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“They are innocent. They didn’t do anything wrong, ”Yaun’s crying mother, Margaret Rushing, told WAGA-TV. “I just don’t understand why he took my daughter.
Yaun’s husband could hear the gunshots inside the spa but was unable to save his wife, said Dana Toole, Yaun’s sister.
“He’s taking it bad,” Toole said. “When you are in a room and gunshots fly, what do you do?”
Paul André Michels
Michels owned a security systems installation business, a trade he learned after moving to the Atlanta area over 25 years ago. He had spoken of moving to a new line of work.
Michels has never been able to settle for a career change. He was shot and killed at the Young Asian massage parlor with three other people.
“From what I understand, he was at the spa that day doing work for them,” Michels’ younger brother John Michels told The Associated Press.
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Paul Michels may also have spoken with the spa owner about how the business works, his brother said, as he had thought about opening a spa himself.
“His age has caught up with him. You get to a point where you’re tired of going up and down ladders, ”said John Michels, of Commerce, Michigan. “He was actually looking to create his own massage spa. That’s what he was talking about last year.
Paul Michels grew up in Detroit in a large family where he was the seventh of nine children. Her brother John was number eight.
Although they were born two and a half years apart, “he was basically my twin,” said John Michels. Both enlisted in the military after high school, with Paul joining the infantry.
A few years after leaving the military, Paul followed his brother to the Atlanta area in 1995 for work in low voltage electricity, installing telephones and security systems. He also met his wife, Bonnie, and they had been married for over 20 years.
“He was a good, hard-working man who would do what he could to help people,” said John Michels. “He would lend you money if you ever needed it. You never left home hungry.