A GoFundMe page in memory of Hyun Jung Grant, one of eight people killed in the Georgia spa shooting last week, raised more than $2.7 million for her two sons.
The effort is one of several GoFundMe pagfor families of the victims of the March 16 rampage that in total have raised about $3.5 million.
Hyun Jung Grant, 51, was a single mother to Randy Park, 22, and his brother Eric, 21. On the GoFundMe page, Randy Park explained how his mother worked long hours at Gold Spa and was often away from home for days or weeks at a time. The brothers have no other family in the USA; the rest are living in South Korea and unable to come here, he said.
“I have no time to grieve for long,” Randy Park said on the page. “I will need to figure out the living situation for my brother and I for the next few months, possibly year.”
He described his mother as one of his best friends and a strong influence on his brother and himself. In an update, Park expressed gratitude to the more than 60,000 people who posted donations on the page.
“I don’t know how any word I write here will ever convey how grateful and blessed I am to receive this much support,” he wrote. “Sharing and listening was more than enough thank you so much. And to those of you that have donated any amount of money. To put it bluntly, I can’t believe you guys exist. People I will probably never meet, hear, nor express my thanks to.”
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The generosity comes amid an alarming wave of hate crimes against Asian Americans across the country fueled by racism and xenophobia exacerbated by the COVID-19 outbreak and anti-China rhetoric.
Grant was among four people identified Friday by the Fulton County Medical Examiner as victims of the fatal shootings at the spas in Atlanta. The three others were identified as Soon Chung Park, 74, Suncha Kim, 69, and Yong Ae Yue, 63.
Four other people were killed at a spa in Acworth, 30 miles north of the city – Delaina Yaun, 33, Paul Michels, 54, Xiaojie Tan, 49, and Daoyou Feng, 44.
Six of the victims were Asian American women. A white man and a white woman also were killed. Robert Aaron Long, 21, is charged with multiple murder counts in the rampage.
Other GoFundMe pages raised money for victims. A page for the family of Suncha Kim raised more than $150,000. A page for Delaina Yaun collected more than $100,000. Yong Yue’s family also raised more than $100,000, and Paul Michels’ page more than $60,000.
The latest GoFundMe page, set up Sunday night for Ying Tan “Jami” Webb, the only child of Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, had drawn more than $3,000 in donations Monday morning.
A page for Elcias Hernandez Ortiz, who was severely wounded but survived, has raised almost $300,000.
Randy Park, who spoke with USA TODAY last week, said he learned of his mother’s death Tuesday shortly after the shooting. He and his brother drove the 30 minutes to Gold Spa. He’d never seen where she worked.
“I just wanted to go there firsthand, see and hear everything regarding what happened,” he said.
He said his mom was a teenager at heart. She loved to hang out with friends, go dancing, listen to Dutch DJ Tiësto and sing karaoke. She was a great singer, he said.
“She dedicated her whole life to raising us, and even then, she found time to enjoy herself with her friends,” he said.
To Park, Grant was more than just “Mom.” She was filled with kindness and understanding.
“Thank you everyone and please share whatever care and kindness you have shown here to anyone you know that feels scared or unsure about the world we live in,” he said on the GoFundMe page. “This doesn’t represent even a fragment of how I feel. My mother can rest easy knowing I have the support of the world with me.”
Contributing: Jane Mo and Trevor Hughes