Following the mass shooting in Atlanta, people all over the U.S. have been raising money for the families of the 8 victims, including some famous faces...
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Now, we all know the devastating events that took place last week.
And now comedian Ken Jeong has done something incredible for the families of the victims.
Jeong's parents immigrated from South Korea...
With the actor born in Detroit and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Asian-American hate crimes are something Jeong has been working to eradicate...
I am proud to be Asian. pic.twitter.com/ISiWYc7jI2— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) March 21, 2021
By spreading awareness of the despicable attacks happening all over the U.S.
The world was left shocked and heartbroken by the recent murders...
I live in Atlanta and am heartbroken about the 8 murders here tonight targeting Asian spas. Disgusting.— AtlBlue (@atl_randy) March 17, 2021
What happened in Atlanta is petrifying sending so much love and strength to Asian communities rn this is awful.— White Man Bon Iver 🇮🇪 (@ChantayyJayy) March 17, 2021
My heart goes out to the families and communities of the eight people murdered at metro-Atlanta spas. I am deeply saddened that we live in a nation and world permeated by hate and violence. I stand with Asian members of our World House, who are a part of our global human family.— Be A King (@BerniceKing) March 17, 2021
My condolences goes out to the families of all the victims and the entire Asian community tonight on what transpired in Atlanta at the Aromatherapy Spa. Coward a** young man!! Just senseless and tragic!! 🙏🏾❤️👑— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 17, 2021
The shooting took place on Tuesday evening March 16...
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
The lone gunman, Robert Aaron Long, opened fire at local spas across Atlanta.
As per the New York Times, 4 people died in the first shooting at Young's Asian Massage, which was reported around 5 pm.
Just a short while later, a robbery was reported at Gold Spa and when officers attended they found the bodies of 3 women.
And while at the scene, another call came in that shots were fired nearby at the Aromatherapy Spa, where the body of another woman was found.
8 people died in total.
It comes as the U.S. is seeing a surge in violence targeting Asian Americans.
Dozens gathered at Diversity Plaza tonight in a vigil to mourn the 8 victims, 6 of whom were Asian American women, of last night’s mass shooting in Atlanta, and to condemn the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes. pic.twitter.com/VJ4soNwEo2— Angélica M. Acevedo (@angacevedo15) March 18, 2021
Though, as per The Cut, investigators said it was still "too early" to confirm whether the attack was racially motivated.
The suspect, Robert Aaron Long, who was arrested following a manhunt, told authorities that he did not target the victims because of their race, but because he had a "sexual addiction" and wanted to "eliminate" his "temptation."
Then, in a shocking news conference, police claimed Long's actions were the result of him having a "really bad day."
People were in utter shock with their absurd justification of mass murder.
And since the devastating news came out, many have been raising money for the families left behind.
Including Comedian Ken Jeong...
The fifty-one-year-old donated $50,000 to the GoFundMe pages set up for the families of 5 victims - Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Xiaojie Tan, and Yong Yue.
He made a $10,000 donation to each of the campaigns...
For husband of Soon C Park, victim of spa shooting https://t.co/iFcUdIGaK3— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) March 22, 2021
Under the name Kendrick Jeong, later being confirmed as the comedian.
He has been sharing the GoFundMe pages to his Twitter account...
Fundraiser (verified by GoFundMe) for the family of Sun Cha Kim, who came to the US from Seoul for a better life, working 2-3 jobs at a time. They set a goal of $20k. I hope we can do better and support the family in the way she sought to do 🙏 https://t.co/gIlt0fdH9m— Esther Choo MD MPH (@choo_ek) March 20, 2021
Where he also shared a video asking to end hate against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals.
"Enough is enough. Stop the pandemic of hate," Jeong said in the video...
ATL Spa Shooting Family Survivor Fund: Jami Webb https://t.co/NK0cB7KOLB— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) March 22, 2021
Which also had messages from Keiko Agena, Manish Dayal, and Lou Diamond Phillips.
Jeong did not respond to questions surrounding his donations.
In memory of Hyun Jung Kim to support her children. https://t.co/usWQ9ha0rM— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) March 21, 2021
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian hate crimes have been on the rise.
The victims mentioned were among the 8 killed...
Along with Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, and Daoyou Feng.
Our thoughts are with the victims' family and friends.
FYI: To learn more about ways to contribute & help #StopAsianHate, @gofundme has verified several fundraisers to help uplift & protect individuals, families & businesses in our communities. Here’s the link. https://t.co/x4sRDhZDkO@WhiteHouseAAPI @CAPAC @AAFederation #AAPI pic.twitter.com/DlwgyiAlqz— 🚶🏻Curtis S. Chin (@CurtisSChin) March 21, 2021
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