New mother and army veteran among 8 killed in US massage parlour shootings

One was new mother taking a rare break from caring for her baby girl. Another was an Army veteran who installed security systems in the Atlanta area.
They were among eight people killed Tuesday (local time) in shootings at three metro Atlanta massage parlours.

Police have charged a 21-year-old man with the slayings.

Seven of the slain were women, and six of them were of Asian descent.

Authorities have not released all of the victims' names but did identify 33-year-old Delaina Ashley Yaun, 54-year-old Paul Andre Michels, 44-year-old Daoyou Feng and 49-year-old Xiaojie Tan, who owned one of the massage businesses.

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Delaina Ashley Yaun​

It was planned as a day for Yaun to relax.

Yaun and her husband arranged for someone to care for their 8-month daughter while they headed to Youngs Asian Massage Parlour. Family members said the couple were first-time customers, eager for a chance to unwind.

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Flowers and signs are displayed at a makeshift memorial outside of the Gold Spa in Atlanta, Georgia.

They were in separate rooms inside the spa when the gunman opened fire. Yaun was killed. Her husband escaped unharmed.

Theyre innocent. They did nothing wrong, Yauns weeping mother, Margaret Rushing, told WAGA-TV. I just dont understand why he took my daughter.

Yauns husband could hear the gunfire inside the spa but was helpless to save his wife, said Dana Toole, Yauns sister.

Hes taking it hard, Toole said. When youre in a room and gunshots are flying, what do you do?

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This October 2015 photo provided by John Michels, left, shows his brother Paul Andre Michels, right, posing with his sister Sarah Michels and himself, in Allen Park, Michigan.

Paul Andre Michels​

Michels owned a business installing security systems, a trade he learned after moving to the Atlanta area more than 25 years ago. Hed been talking about switching to a new line of work.

Michels never got to settle on a career change. He was fatally shot at Youngs Asian Massage Parlour, along with three others.

From what I understand, he was at the spa that day doing some work for them, said Michels younger brother, John Michels of Commerce, Michigan.

Paul Michels also might have been talking with the spas owner about how the business operates, his brother said, because he had been thinking about opening a spa himself.

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After dropping off flowers, Jesus Estrella, left, and Shelby S, right, stand in support of the Asian and Hispanic community outside Youngs Asian Massage parlour, where four people were killed in the US.

His age caught up to him. You get to a point where you get tired of climbing up and down ladders, John Michels said. He was actually looking to start his own massage spa. Thats 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. His brother John was No 8.

Though they were born 2 1/2 years apart, he was basically my twin, John Michels said. Both enlisted in the Army after high school, with Paul joining the infantry.

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A 21-year-old man was captured shortly after shootings at three massage parlours. Eight people died.

A few years after leaving the military, Paul followed his brother to the Atlanta area in 1995 for a job doing low-voltage electrical work, installing phones and security systems.

He also met his wife, Bonnie, and they were married more than 20 years.

He was a good, hard-working man who would do what he could do to help people, John Michels said.

Hed loan you money if you needed it sometimes.

You never went away from his place hungry.


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