Atlanta spa shooting victim was ‘getting couple’s massage with husband’

One of the Atlanta spa shooting victims was "getting a couple's massage with her husband" when she was shot dead in the parlour bloodbath.

Delaina Ashley Yuan was shot in Georgia on Tuesday by a man who admitted to killing the 33-year-old woman and seven other innocent victims.

Robert Aaron Long, 21, has been charged with the murder of the eight people as well as aggravated assault across three different massage parlours in and around Atlanta.

Investigators say he has admitted to the shooting spree but denies it was racially motivated. Six of the victims were Asian women.

Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds said Long may have been a customer and claimed to have a "sex addiction".

God-fearing Long is believed to have told officers he is a "sex addict" and the massage parlours were a "temptation that he wanted to eliminate".

A GoFundMe page, created for the Delaina Yaun family, reads: "During a simple couple massage with her husband after work, Delaina Yaun lost her life after the parlor was shot up.

"Her husband made it safely out but she leaves behind two beautiful children Mia and Mayson.

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"Her husband Mario along with her mother and siblings are all mortified and there's nothing anyone could do to help with the pain."

The crowdfunding page is hoping to raise $5,000 (£3,500).

Cristy Lynn McGouirk, who said she was a cousin of Delaina's, wrote a tribute on Facebook: "You were an amazing Mother, Sister, Daughter, Aunt, Grandaughter, Cousin, & best friend that anyone could have asked for.

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"Your heart of gold, kindness, and pure love will never be forgotten. Strong willed, love and dedication, is what you were made of. Thank you for the times we shared together."

Delaina was killed at the first shooting at around 5pm at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor in Acworth, just north west of Atlanta.

Long was captured by CCTV pulling up to the business minutes before he opened fire.

Soon after there were further shootings at Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa in Atlanta itself. Long was arrested after leading police on a three-hour car chase.

He is due to appear in court on Friday.

The other victims identified by officials are Paul Andre Michels, 54, Xiaojie Tan, 49, and Daoyou Feng, 44. Elcias R Hernandez-Ortiz was identified as one of the injured parties.

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