An amazing $2 million has been raised for the sons who lost their mom in the tragic Atlanta shooting...
Which is the least that these boys deserve after what they've gone through in the last week.
Here's the full story...
On the evening of March 16th, twenty-one-year-old Robert Aaron Long went to 3 local spas and shot dead 8 innocent people in Cherokee and Fulcon County, Atlanta.
As per the New York Times, 4 people died in the first shooting at Young's Asian Massage, which was reported at around 5 pm. Just a short while later, Long targeted the Gold Spa where he shot dead 3 women.
Shots were then fired nearby at the Aromatherapy Spa, where the body of another woman was found.
8 people in total tragically died.
Long was arrested a few hours after the shootings following a manhunt...
TODAY 8 ASIAN WOMEN WERE KILLED IN A MASS SHOOTING HATE CRIME BY A TERRORIST IN ATLANTA. pic.twitter.com/BHCaDGFdKe— GUCCI MEIN 🍜 (@tomngo422) March 17, 2021
And although he is now in police custody, people are feeling angrier than ever.
Many have been taking to social media to share their shock and heartbreak over the attack...
I live in Atlanta and am heartbroken about the 8 murders here tonight targeting Asian spas. Disgusting.— AtlBlue (@atl_randy) March 17, 2021
Alongside their anger over how yet another shooting has been allowed to take place here in America.
It's clear that many strongly believe this was a racially motivated attack...
What happened in Atlanta is a hate crime. Anything else is spin. Standing with the Asian American community against hate today and forever.— Jackie Venson (@jackievenson) March 17, 2021
And people have been rallying together both on the streets and online in protest of this kind of terrorism and, of course, to demand justice for America's Asian communities and the victims who lost their lives in this ruthless attack.
But what exactly has been happening to the person responsible?
Well, Long is being held without bond in Cherokee County, where he faces 8 counts of murder and a charge of aggravated assault, according to the county sheriff's office.
During interviews, Long told police that he had a sex addiction and his attacks came from somewhat of a sexual nature...
And although he's taken full responsibility for the shootings, Long has been adamant that they weren't racially motivated.
The victims are slowly being identified...
And according to Sky News, thirty-three-year-old Delaina Ashley Yaun, fifty-four-year-old Paul Andre Michels, forty-nine-year-old Xiaojie Yan, and forty-four-year-old Daoyou Feng were the first to be identified.
The Fulton County medical examiner's office then updated the list of shooting victims with the names of 4 women that had not been previously released.
Seventy-four-year-old Soon Chung Park, fifty-one-year-old Hyun Jung Grant, sixty-nine-year-old Suncha Kim, and sixty-three-year-old Yong Yue.
All of these victims have left behind family and loved ones...
Rest In Peace,— Jollene 🍞🌹 (@jollenelevid) March 17, 2021
- Delaina Ashley Yuan, 33, of Acworth
- Paul Andre Michels, 54, Atlanta
- Xiaojie Yan, 49, Kennesaw
- Daoyou Feng, 44
4 of the Atlanta shooting victims in Cherokee County were confirmed to be Korean, Korean-American. We mourn with the diaspora. #StopAsianHate
And alongside them, the entire world is mourning their untimely and tragic deaths.
It's also caused a lot of anger...
There’s something so horrific about the media making sure that they point out Robert Long shot up massage parlors without specifying that he primarily targeted Asian women. It’s racism and misogyny and needs to be addressed as such.— Melanie Dione (@themelaniedione) March 17, 2021
Because why did these 8 people have to die at the hands of one deranged individual?
So many people have been left behind and alone thanks to this terrible act of violence...
Including Hyun Jung Grant, a single mom who left behind her 2 sons.
Thirteen years ago, Hyun moved from South Korea to Seattle for a better life for her 2 sons.
Randy Park, twenty-three, said his mother lived a life of work and not much else to support their small family."
"She spent her whole life just existing for my brother and I. She never had time to travel," he said in a Friday morning interview with NBC News, "She would only be home a certain amount of days every few weeks."
Randy said his mom usually slept through the night at her Atlanta spa job instead of driving the thirty miles up to Duluth every evening.
But when she had time off, that was when her true personality would show.
"She was a big kid. She essentially behaved like a teenager."
But following their mom's tragic death, the 2 young men are now struggling to make ends meet...
Which is what lead to Randy setting up a GoFundMe page to ask for help.
"My mother, Hyun Jung Grant( maiden name Kim), was one of the victims of the shootings in Atlanta, Georgia at Gold Spa. This is something that should never happen to anyone. She was a single mother who dedicated her whole life to provide for my brother and I," he wrote on the page.
"It is only my brother and I in the United States. The rest of my family is in South Korea and are unable to come."
"She was one of my best friends and the strongest influence on who we are today. Losing her has put a new lens on my eyes on the amount of hate that exists in our world," he wrote.
"As much as I want to grieve and process the reality that she is gone, I have a younger brother to take care of and matters to resolve as a result of this tragedy. Frankly, I have no time to grieve for long. I will need to figure out the living situation for my brother and I for the next few months, possibly year."
He then explained:
💔So sorry they had to lose their mom in this violent way. My heart goes out to them.— ssampson_Hate has left the WH. Hope has arrived (@ssampson0717) March 19, 2021
"My biggest priority right now is to put my mother to rest and plan out the funeral but due to some legal complications, I am unable to obtain my mother's body. I don't think I'll be able to figure out this whole situation along with legal matters if given 2 weeks to move out. Any donation will be used as funds for basic living necessities for my brother and I such as food, bills, and other expenses. I wish to stay in my current home for at least one more month to sort everything out. Any amount would be forever appreciated."
The page had an original target of $20,000 to provide funds for the funeral and utilities for the sons...
But right now, at the time of writing, the page has reached a staggering $2,782,820.
And amazingly so, the donations just carry on pouring in.
We sincerely hope that these donations will ease the boys' pain somewhat during this terrible time.