A handyman killed on the Younger’s Asian Therapeutic massage in the course of the Atlanta-area spa shootings was remembered by his brother as a “good-hearted man” who was keen to assist individuals, in line with a report.
Paul Andre Michels, 54, was one in every of 4 individuals killed on the enterprise within the Cherokee County group of Acworth by accused gunman Robert Aaron Lengthy.
“Despite the fact that we’re not organic twins, we had been principally twins. We frolicked and did infinite every little thing collectively,” John Michels informed the Guardian. “Our dad would take us to the lake each Sunday within the summertime.”
Paul was one in every of 9 siblings in a household that grew up in Detroit, in line with the outlet.
He had served within the US Military within the 1980s and at one level owned a house safety and theater enterprise.
“Final yr, he was speaking to me, he was really transitioning into proudly owning a spa,” John informed the Guardian.
A enterprise proprietor within the spa’s advanced, who requested to stay nameless, acknowledged the handyman’s title on the record of victims launched Wednesday. He stated Paul would typically purchase instruments from his retailer.
Michels household pal Kikiana Whidby stated Paul had been out of labor and doing handiwork for the spa.
“I’m mad, it couldn’t have occurred to a nicer man,” Whidby informed CBS46, including that Paul was the godfather to her son and leaves behind a spouse.
“He had been out of labor for some time and this was one thing that got here to him and he was actually enthusiastic about,” she stated.
Paul constructed his final shelf there Tuesday afternoon, in line with the outlet.
Additionally killed on the parlor had been Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, who was getting a therapeutic massage together with her husband, Xiaojie Yan, 49, and Daoyou Feng, 44, the sheriff’s workplace stated.
Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, was recognized as the only real survivor of the shooting in Acworth.
Authorities haven’t launched the names of the 4 ladies who had been later killed at two spas throughout the road from one another within the Atlanta suburb of Buckhead.
Six of the eight individuals slain had been Asian ladies.
Lengthy, who admitted to the shooting spree and has been charged with homicide, indicated he could have visited the companies earlier than.
Police stated he didn’t give them any motive to consider the crimes had been racially motivated, however they aren’t ruling out the chance.