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Seven women and one man were killed in attacks Tuesday on three massage spas in and around Atlanta. Most of the victims were of Asian descent, although the suspected killer says neither race nor ethnicity played a role in the carnage. The Atlanta victims have not been identified, but the South Korean Foreign Ministry confirmed four of the women were of Korean descent. Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, was wounded but survived.
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Authorities say two Asian women, one white woman and one white man were killed at Young's. Tan emigrated to the United States from China many years ago and had an adult daughter who recently graduated from the University of Georgia, said friend and customer Greg Hynson. Hynson, 54, said he had been seeing Tan as his massage therapist for a stiff neck and upper back for about six years. They both live in the area and had become good friends, he said. Hyson said Tan, who was known by friends as Emily, was a hardworking small-business owner.
He said she always had a kind word for friends. In October, she had a cake waiting for him on his birthday when he came to the spa.
Hyson, who runs a rubber supply company started by his father, said Tan's staff usually lived at her large home nearby when they first arrived from China and seemed focused mostly on earning money for their families. He said Feng had only recently started working at the spa. Hyson angrily rejected speculation that Tan's spa was providing sex services.
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The suspect in the shootings told authorities he blamed the massage businesses for providing an outlet for his addiction to sex. All three spas are listed on Rubmaps. All these girls that have worked for her over the years are working for her on their own free will," he said. Paul Michels, who also died at the spa in Acworth, owned an alarm company in Atlanta, where he and his wife, Bonnie, have lived 26 years, his brother John said.
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Paul Michels had expressed interest in owning a spa. John Michels says his brother was "just in the wrong place at the wrong time. They both served in the U. Army at the same time, and his brother was an infantryman in the late s. Even in grief, John insisted on putting out a message to the suspected killer: "Although this is a tragedy, I forgive that man and so will Jesus Christ.
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I cannot hate him for it. I pray for his repentance. Yaun leaves behind a year-old son and 8-month-old daughter. She and her husband have been married less than a year.
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When the gunfire broke out, Yaun's husband locked himself in a room and wasn't injured, said Yaun's half-sister, Dana Toole. He heard the gunshots and everything. We just don't know how to do any of this alone. If you can find it in your heart to donate, our Family will certainly appreciate all of your support. Little has been revealed about Daoyou Feng. The survivor, Elcias Hernandez Ortiz, is hospitalized in intensive care. He called her as the shooting was unfolding. Those were the last words Gonzalez has been able to hear from him, she said, on the verge of tears.
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Hernandez-Ortiz came to the United States almost a decade ago. His wife and their 9-year-old daughter ed him in Georgia in Although his wife said he is stable, Hernandez-Ortiz is intubated and set to have surgery as early as next week to remove the bullet in his abdomen. Gonzalez said she is scared about surgery costs and piling medical bills. With some help, she set up a GoFundMewhere she wrote he was shot in the forehead, lungs and stomach.
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The shooter continued his attack about 45 minutes later at Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa in midtown Atlanta. All four victims of the Atlanta shootings were Asian women, police said. Police had not yet released their names Thursday morning. Bacon reported from Arlington, Va. Contributing: Dennis Wagner, Ryan W. Facebook Twitter .
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