Xiaojie “Emily” Tan was saving for a dream retirement that included traveling the world. Bullets ended that dream when Tan was gunned down two days earlier than her 50th birthday within the spa she owned outdoors Atlanta.
Tan was one of eight victims, six of whom had been Asian ladies, killed in a rampage throughout three day spas. The accused shooter, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Lengthy, who blamed the rampage on his “intercourse habit,” is now dealing with prices together with “malice homicide” for the assaults.
A couple of dozen buddies and relations of Tan gathered on the Catholic Church of St. Ann in Marietta, Georgia, to say farewell earlier this week. The service was streamed on-line.
A framed photograph on the altar confirmed Tan smiling and holding a birthday cake, the candles lighting her face.
Tan, who lived in Kennesaw, owned the Cherokee County spa the place she died.
Family members stated the petite mom of a current College of Georgia grad, was a “feminist with out that means to be,” the Atlanta Journal Structure reported. She was a lifelong Catholic whose father had a mission in China,
She got here to the states in 2008 along with her ex-husband, Michael Webb, who she met within the southern Chinese language metropolis of Nanning. They had been married in 2004 and spent their first few years collectively traveling to small cities and villages all through China
In Georgia, Tan took a job as a nail technician. She saved her cash and acquired a nail salon, then a house. She additionally purchased a house for her mom in China, a mirrored image of the kindness she confirmed to others, her household stated.
A doting mother, Tan shared journeys along with her daughter Ying Tan “Jami” Webb, they usually attended Mass collectively. She was overjoyed when Jami graduated school.
Tan spent most of her time at her spa. She was saving cash for retirement and had hoped to journey the world when she stopped working.
Earlier this week, a separate service was held for Yong Ae Yue, 63, who was additionally gunned down within the rampage. Personal providers for Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez, 33, and Hyun Jung Kim Grant, 51, had been additionally held through the week.