Just 1 year and 1 day ago in a suburb in Atlanta, 8 innocent lives were taken by a shooter who has both misogynistic and racist in his views on Asian women and sexist on his views on women in general. 21 year old Robert Aaron Long went on a shooting rampage at 3 spa/massage parlours and when he was arrested and charged he said he was – motivated by a sexual addiction that was at odds with his Christianity.
That is all we will say about the incident as it is traumatic to think about what happened. Instead let us remember the 8 victims, 6 of whom were Asian women:
DELIANA ASHLEY YAUN GONZALEZ
HYUN JUNG GRANT
PAUL ANDRE MICHELS
SOON CHUNG PARK
XIAOJIE “EMILY” TAN
YONG AE YUE
Each and everyone of them was a father, mother, sister, brother daughter and son and all are missed and remembered by family and friends. All across the US, Asian Americans mobilised and held public events to remember the victims of this senseless crime.