For Atlanta Shooting Victims, American Life Was Often a Lonely Struggle

For Atlanta Shooting Victims, American Life Was Often a Lonely Struggle

ATLANTA—Seven days after Daoyou Feng was shot and killed at the spa where she worked, her body lay unclaimed in a morgue in the Atlanta area. The 44-year-old, originally from China, died alone in a foreign country that knew little about her. Officials here couldn’t find a family member to claim her body, even though her name made international headlines.

Ms. Feng was one of eight people killed March 16, when a 21-year-old Georgia man went on a shooting spree that targeted the spas he said he frequented, according to police. The killings claimed the lives of four women born in Korea, two from China, a mother getting a massage with her husband and a handyman originally from Detroit.

The killings of six women of Asian descent has sparked debate about anti-Asian racism and triggered rallies in cities across the country. Nearly two weeks after the killings, a picture has begun to emerge of the victims themselves and the lives they led after they arrived in America.

Of the six women born in Asia, four were U.S. citizens, one held a green card and one was a Chinese national. All were working at immigrant-run spas, and most were struggling to make ends meet. Some left behind family members who described them as isolated, leading quiet lives of hard work.

“I had no one to lean on but my wife,” said Gwangho Lee, the husband of Soon Chung Park, who was killed at Gold Spa. Mr. Lee is a recent immigrant himself and had previously struggled to find work.

Source: WSJ – US News

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