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Atlanta spa shootings: Who are the victims?

media captionAtlanta shootings: “It’s scary just to be an Asian American woman”

Officials and local media in the US state of Georgia have identified the eight people who were killed on Tuesday night inside spas in the Atlanta area.

Here’s what we know about the victims.

Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33

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image captionDelaina Ashley Yaun and her husband were at the spa for a couples massage

Ms Yaun and her husband had gone to Young’s Asian Massage for a couples massage, according to an online fundraiser set up for the family’s funeral costs.

Her husband, who was in another room during the attack, was unharmed. The couple had only recently been married.

One friend told WXIA-TV that Ms Yaun was a friendly person “who seemed to have a light around her that just drew you in”.

Her family told local media that the couple has two children – a teenage son and an 8-month-old baby girl.

Xiaojie Tan, 49

Xiaojie Tan owned two businesses, including Young’s Asian Spa where the first shooting occurred, according to city business records.

She is also listed as the business owner for Wang’s Feet and Body Massage in Kennesaw, Georgia.

According to NBC News, she was also a licensed massage therapist.

She emigrated from China years ago and her daughter had recently graduated from college, a friend of Ms Tan’s told USA Today.

“She was the sweetest person you’d ever meet,” he said.

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image captionA memorial for the victims outside Young’s Asian Spa

Daoyou Feng, 44

Little is known about Ms Feng, who only started working for Ms Tan at Young’s Massage in the past few months, a customer told the New York Times.

However, no address is known for Ms Feng. Her surname appears to be Chinese, but information about her has yet to be confirmed by officials.

Paul Andre Michels, 54

Kikiana Whidby told CBS News that Mr Michels was godfather to her son. “I’m mad, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy,” she told the station.

She said that Mr Michels had been out of work for some time, and had been doing maintenance work for Young’s Asian Spa when the shooting occurred.

He built his last shelf there on Tuesday, the day of the shooting, she said.

John Michels, his younger brother, told the Daily Beast that Mr Michels had been considering getting in to the massage business himself and was looking at opening a business of his own.

He added that his brother had served in the military from 1985 to 1989, and was a gun owner, a Catholic and “staunch Republican”.

Elcias R Hernandez-Ortiz, 30

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image captionElcias R Hernandez-Ortiz is the only person to survive the attacks

An online fundraiser for Mr Hernandez-Ortiz, the only victim to survive the attacks, says that he is intensive care after being shot in the forehead, lungs and stomach at Young’s Asian Spa.

“Please pray for my family and the families that were affected by this shooting,” his wife, Flor Gonzalez, wrote on the fundraising page.

She told the New York Times her husband moved to the US from Guatemala over a decade ago and worked as a mechanic.

Their daughter Yoseline, 9, told WGCL-TV that “he is a really good dad”.

Hyun Jung Grant, 51

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image captionHyun Jung Grant leaves behind two sons

Ms Grant’s son told the Daily Beast she worked at the Gold Spa, where she was killed.

Randy Park said he learned about her death from a witness to the attack.

Mr Park, 23, said that his mother worked hard as a single mother to two sons, and had been a schoolteacher in South Korea before coming to the US for “regular immigrant reasons”.

Mr Park said he is trying retrieve his mother’s body for a funeral after relatives from South Korea were unable to come help.

“She was one of my best friends and the strongest influence on who we are today,” Mr Park wrote on a verified GoFundMe page.

“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.”

Soon C Park, 74; Suncha Kim, 69; Yong A Yue, 63

On Friday, the Fulton County Medical Examiner identified the rest of the victims of Tuesday’s attack.

All three women were killed by gunshot. It is unclear which spa they were in or what brought them there.

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