CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — Officials are starting to release the names of the victims in the deadly metro Atlanta spa shootings.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the four deaths and person injured in that county:
- 33-year-old Delaina Ashley Yaun, of Acworth. A GoFundMe has been set up for her family.
- 54-year-old Paul Andre Michels, of Atlanta
- 49-year-old Xiaojie Tan, of Kennesaw
- 44-year-old Daoyou Feng
- Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, of Acworth, injured. A GoFundMe has been set up for his family.
Two of the victims in Cherokee County are Asian women. One of them was the owner of Young’s Asian Massage.
The family for Hernandez-Ortiz tells Channel 2′s Chris Jose that he was shot in the parking lot. He is in serious condition but stable.
I pray that my uncle is going to be recovering from this as well as my aunt because she’s devastated right now,” his niece Adriana Meijia said.
UPDATE: The sole survivor in the Cherokee massage parlor shooting is 30yr old Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz. His family tells me they’re praying for him. Names released for victims in deadly Cherokee County spa shooting; Atlanta victims not identified yet https://t.co/pKGvH4Pmlc @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/S49A4ReXzL— Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) March 17, 2021
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The names of the victims at the spas off Piedmont Road in Atlanta have not yet been released.
Atlanta police have said that all four victims who were killed were Asian women. Two of the Cherokee County victims were also Asian women. Three of the victims were found at Gold Spa and the fourth victim was found at Aromatherapy Spa across the street.
Authorities arrested 21-year-old Robert Long from Woodstock in the deadly rampage. Long was captured after a short chase in Crisp County on Tuesday night.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said Long has been charged with four counts of murder and one count aggravated assault. The Atlanta Police Department has also charged Long with four counts of murder.
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Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta police, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia State Patrol held a news conference on Wednesday.
Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds said Long told investigators that he had a sexual addiction and had frequented all three businesses before. Long allegedly told investigators that he blames the massage parlors for providing an outlet for his addiction and wanted to “eliminate the temptation.”
Bottoms said spas targeted in yesterday’s shootings are legally operating businesses and have not been on the radar of APD.
“We are not about to get into victim blaming, victim shaming here,” the mayor said.