Mourners Gather at Memorials for the Victims of Last Week's Spa Shootings in Atlanta (PHOTOS)
Eight people were killed in shootings across three Atlanta-area spas on March 16 — six of them Asian women
On the evening of Mar. 16, 2021, eight people were killed and one injured in shootings by a single gunman across three Atlanta-area spas.
So far, authorities have released the names of those killed in the first shooting, which took place at Young’s Asian Massage spa. They are Xiaojie Tan, 49, Daoyou Feng, 44, Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, Paul Andre Michels, 54.
On Friday, the Atlanta medical examiner's office released the names of four women killed at two other Atlanta-area spas. They are Soon Chung Park, 74, Hyun Jung Grant, 51, Suncha Kim, 69, and Yong Ae Yue, 63.
Of the eight people killed on Tuesday, six were Asian women.
Investigators have not said the murders were hate crimes, though the matter of motive is under investigation. According to authorities, the gunman claimed he was motivated by a "sexual addiction."
The 21-year-old has since been charged with eight counts of murder and one count of assault.
The shootings come as instances of anti-Asian violence are on the rise: a new study of police department statistics shows that, despite hate crimes dropping overall by 7 percent, hate crimes against Asian Americans rose by nearly 150 percent in 2020.
According to The New York Times, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, "Whatever the motivation was for this guy, we know that the majority of the victims were Asian. We also know that this is an issue that is happening across the country. It is unacceptable, it is hateful and it has to stop."
On March 17, community members and faith leaders gather in Los Angeles for a "Stop Asian Hate" vigil in honor of victims of the Atlanta-area shootings.
Here, people gather for a candlelight vigil in L.A. on March 17.
Shelby Swan adjusts flowers and signs outside Youngs Asian Massage on March 17.
Flowers are left at the front of Youngs Asian Massage spa.
A man pauses in silence as he visits a memorial in front of Gold Spa on March 17.
A woman holds a sign reading "#STOPASIANHATE" at a vigil in Washington, D.C., in response to the Atlanta spa shootings on March 17.
Activists participate in a vigil in in the Chinatown area of Washington, D.C., on March 17.
A woman and child pause at the memorial at Gold Spa on March 17.
A couple brings flowers and pauses to offer prayers at the memorial at Gold Spa on March 17.
New York State Senator John Liu speaks during a Vigil for Peace, organized by the Asian American Federation, in Union Square in New York City on March 19.
Mourners gather together in N.Y.C.'s Union Square on March 19.
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer joins the gathering on March 19 in New York City.
Names of the victims are listed on a sign at the March 19 rally in N.Y.C.
A similar vigil takes place on March 20 in Alhambra, California, outside of Los Angeles.
Candles light the night on March 20 during the gathering in Alhambra, California.
A 'Stop Asian Hate' sign hangs above flowers and candles in Alhambra, California, on March 20.
Gatherers remember the victims of the Atlanta spa shootings in Alhambra, California, on March 20.