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The youngest victim, Delaina Ashley Yaun González, was 33

By Chris Harris
March 17, 2021 03:14 PM
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The scene in Atlanta Tuesday night
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Authorities in Georgia have released the names of four of the victims killed Tuesday night in a shooting spree targeting Atlanta-area spas.

According to police, the victims killed at Young's Asian Massage outside Acworth, Ga., have been identified as Delaina Ashley Yaun González, 33, of Acworth; Paul Andre Michels, 54, of Atlanta; Xiaojie Yan, 49, of Kennesaw; and Daoyou Feng, 44, whose hometown was not immediately known.

Police have yet to release the names of the other four fatal victims from Tuesday's shootings. Six of the eight people killed were Asian women, police have said.

Investigators allege the killer is Robert Aaron Long, 21, whose arraignment has been scheduled for Thursday. Long was charged Wednesday in Cherokee County with four counts of murder and one count of assault in the shooting at Young's Asian Massage. He'll likely face additional charges for the shootings in Atlanta.

Long is accused of carrying out the attacks at three different Atlanta-area spas Tuesday evening.

He has allegedly confessed to the slayings and told police he has a sexual addiction, authorities said at a Wednesday press conference.

Long frequented some of the spas he's accused of targeting, investigators said.

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At a Wednesday press conference, Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds said possible racial animus toward the victims "did not appear to be the motive," instead describing the victims as "targets of opportunity."

Authorities alleged that Long said that he planned to travel to Florida to kill more people had he not been arrested.

Long, of Woodstock, Ga., was arrested Tuesday evening after a police pursuit.

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After seeing surveillance footage of him released to the media, Long's relatives came forward and assisted police in locating him.

Dana Toole, the half-sister of victim Delaina Ashley Yaun González, spoke to CNN's Brianna Keilar, and said her husband, Mario González, will now have to raise their 8-month-old daughter, Mia, and 13-year-old son, Mason, alone.

"She was a family-going person," Toole said. "Her family came first. She had a wonderful, happy, upbeat personality. She was a good person ... she didn't deserve that. No family deserved that. These families didn't deserve to lose their loved ones. I hope there's justice."

The couple, together for years, only recently married, she said, adding that she does not believe a sex addiction drove Long to murder. "I definitely think he targeted these places," Toole offered. "The fact that he would've kept going ... I don't know, it's frustrating. It sounds like Asians were targeted. The Asian community was attacked."

Attacks on and racism against Asian Americans has been on the rise in recent months.

According to a recent Harris poll, 75 percent of Asian Americans are fearful of increased hate and discrimination toward them.