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Robert Aaron Long’s victims in Atlanta: Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, Yong Yue, Hyun Jung Grant

Robert Aaron Long (©Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office)

Robert Aaron Long (©Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office)

Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, Cherokee County, Georgia legally purchased a gun in Holly Springs, Cherokee County on March 16, 2021. Later that day, he killed eight people and injured one person.

Four of the victims were killed in Atlanta, Georgia. Four were killed in Cherokee County.

Just before 5:00 p.m. that day, Long fired at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor in Cherokee County, killing three Asian women and one white man and injuring one Hispanic man. Around 45 minutes later, the gunman went to Piedmont Road in Atlanta and fired at two spas namely Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa.

Three Asian women were killed in Gold Spa. One Asian woman was killed in Aromatherapy Spa.

On March 19, 2021, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office named identified the four victims killed on Piedmont Road as Soon Chung Park, 74, Suncha Kim, 69, Yong Yue, 63, and Hyun Jung Grant, 51. Their deaths were all ruled a homicide.

Grant is of Korean descent. She moved her family from Seattle, Washington, USA to Atlanta in the 2000s.

A single mother, Grant worked at Gold Spa to support her family. Her son Randy Park, 23, told NBC News, “She spent her whole life just existing for my brother and I.”

“She never had time to travel,” Park said of his mother. “She would only be home a certain amount of days every few weeks.”

 

Long allegedly had been treated for sexual addiction and was a frequent customer of Young’s Asian Massage Parlor, Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa. Whether or not the three businesses were places of sex work is still unknown but Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, 51, has confirmed that the businesses were legally operating.

“We are not about to get into victim blaming, victim shaming, here,” CNN quoted Bottoms as saying. “As far as we know in Atlanta, we have not had any 911 calls from that location. I believe one minor call on someone stealing some keys so we don’t know additional information about what his motives were but we certainly will not begin to blame victims.”

Long has been charged with four counts of murder for the deaths of Park, Kim, Yue and Grant. For his victims in Cherokee County, he was charged with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault.

“He was fed up at the end of his rope,” Cherokee County Sheriff’s Officer’s Captain Jay Baker said of Long. “He had a bad day and this is what he did.”

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