By KATE BRUMBACK, associated Press
PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. (AP) – A pastor spoke on Friday during Yong Ai Yu’s funeral, a sunbeam came through the window and shone on Yu’s two sons, a sure sign his mother was watching, one of them said .
As his mother’s body was placed in front of him in a coffin wrapped with pink flowers, Elliot Peterson gestured to display a large picture of him and to remember friends and family like him at Peachtree Corners’ funeral. Gathered in the house – “V.”
Eight people were shot on March 16 in attacks on massage businesses in U of Atlanta and nearby Cherokee County.
Others are also being grieved by friends, family and their communities. Suncha Kim, 69, worked for philanthropy. Soon Chung Park, a former dancer, remained young and fit at the age of 74. Xiaogi “Emily” Tan, 49, was an entrepreneur who owned Young’s Asian Massage and other businesses. Daoyou Feng, 44, was one of his employees. 33-year-old Delaina Yaun was a new mother. 54-year-old Paul Mitchell installed security systems. 51-year-old Hyun Jung Grant loved music and worked at Gold Spa to support two sons.
Four of the women killed were of Korean descent and leaders of the Korean American community held an online vigil on Friday night in Norcross to speak in mourning for the death against a huge increase in violence against Asian Americans during the Korean virus epidemic.
Democratic State Representative Sam Park said many community members had been traumatized by the attacks, asking them “am I next?”
“do not fear.” Rhetoric that targets the backs of our children, parents and members of the Asian American community. “
63-year-old Yu was born in South Korea and moved to the US in 1979 with her then husband, Mac Peterson. He was in the army and they moved to the Columbus area. His elder son Elliot was born in South Korea, while his younger son Robert was born after he left Georgia, Lawyer BJay Pak, who is representing U’s sons.
The couple said that they divorced sometime after the birth of their second son and Yu made the drastic decision for his boys to live with their father, believing that they would have a better chance of succeeding, but that in his life Remained a lovely presence.
Elliot Peterson stated that his mother did not have much external affection but showed her love through food. He said that she was selfless and was happy about the support her sons had received.
Peterson’s wife Monica Baker met Yu, nervous for the first time and resolved to make a good impression. She fell in love with karaoke the night she poured for him with the fluid courage provided by Soo, she said, pulling the chakali.
Yu said he began working at Aromatherapy Spa in Atlanta over the years. He told his sons that his job was to cook, clean and watch security cameras.
Pak said she lived alone with a dog and cat and had a group of friends.
Elliott Peterson, 42, served in the military and retired last year. He said during the funeral that he was very grateful that he and his children were able to spend two weeks visiting their mother in October.
Robert Peterson, 38, visited his mother frequently while graduating at Morehouse College in Atlanta and then earned a doctorate in medical sociology. Ohio, Pak said.
“As Bobby points out, she used to brag to her friends, ‘Bobby is a doctor, but not a medicine doctor, he’s a thinking doctor,” Pak said.
A funeral was also held on Friday for Tan, who owned a Cherokee County Spa. Service in nearby Marietta was private, although a video was posted online.
Tan’s ex-husband, Michael Webb, revealed what he was thinking about showing him his country after meeting in China in 2003. He traveled among small towns and villages, living among the “kind and wonderful people” of China.
They later moved to the US, where she was determined to work and become an American citizen, he said. He had a strong work ethic and saved money to open his own business.
“Her customers became her friends and she would always bring them gifts or homemade dumplings, which she would share with neighboring businesses,” he said.
Webb said she got her daughter, Jami, admitted to college, in which she said she becomes an accountant, and goes through her work with ethics and kindness.
“Sadly, Jami’s family in China wishes for Yami, a proud American citizen, to return to China because they feel it is no longer safe here, and who can blame them?” They said. “This is the kind of example that our country is setting for the rest of the world.”
Robert Aaron Long, a 21-year-old white man in Young’s Asian Massage in Cherokee County, is accused of shooting five people, killing four and injuring one. Police say he drove 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Atlanta and shot three people at Gold Spa before crossing the road for aromatherapy and shooting Yu. Seven of the casualties were women, six of Asian descent.
Associated Press writer RJ Rico contributed to this report.
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