A candlelight vigil was held Thursday outside Young’s Asian Spa, where four people were killed and one person wounded.
The four killed in the shooting near Woodstock, Georgia, were Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, of Acworth; Paul Andre Michels, 54, of Atlanta; Xiaojie Tan, 49, of Kennesaw; and Daoyou Feng, 44.
The injured survivor was Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, of Acworth, authorities said.
“We are at a loss of words of why, but we are committed to building a solid case and working with the FBI, the city of Atlanta and Crisp County Sheriff’s Office to present a solid case to have a successful result of prosecution,” said Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds who attended the vigil.
“Tonight is about these individuals and their lives, what they meant to their families and what they meant to our communities,” Reynolds said.
He told reporters that he wanted to let the Asian American community know that “we have them in our hearts and our prayers and we’re so sorry for the loss of life."
The sheriff said he grew up in Cherokee County and was a patrol sergeant in the same area where the spa is located.
“For me, this is the worst thing I have seen in our community. It breaks my heart that this happens in other places and now here in our community,” Reynolds said.
The sheriff’s office is still looking at all possibilities and asking anyone with any additional information on the suspect to contact them.
Reynolds said that as of right now, there is no evidence to suggest that this was a racially-motivated attack but they are not ruling out any possibility.