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$2.7 Million Raised For Sons Of Woman Killed In Atlanta Shooting

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$2.7 Million Raised For Sons Of Woman Killed In Atlanta Shooting

More than $2.7 million has been raised for the sons of one of the women killed in the Atlanta shootings last week.

Hyun Jung Grant was one of eight people who were killed during the brutal attack on 16 March.

Following her death, a GoFundMe page was set up with the goal of raising just $20,000 for her family. However, since it went live, it has gone on to raise an incredible $2.7m.

Randy Park, Ms Grant's eldest son, set the page up to help with food, rent, and other bills.

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In the description, the 22-year-old said: "She was a single mother who dedicated her whole life to providing for my brother and I.

"She was one of my best friends and the strongest influence on who we are today. Losing her has put a new lens on my eyes on the amount of hate that exists in our world.

More than $2.7m has been raised for Hyun Jung Grant's two sons following her death. Credit: PA
More than $2.7m has been raised for Hyun Jung Grant's two sons following her death. Credit: PA

"She was one of my best friends and the strongest influence on who we are today. Losing her has put a new lens on my eyes on the amount of hate that exists in our world."

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Shooter Robert Aaron Long, 21, admitted to opening fire on three massage parlours, killing seven women, six of whom were Asian, and one man.

Delaina Ashley Yaun, Yong Ae Yue, Suncha Kim, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Chung Park and Paul Andre Michels also lost their lives in the attack.

Long, 21, told police that his motivation was to 'eliminate sexual temptation', claiming he is a sex addict and that he blames the massage parlours for it.

Despite no admission on the attacker's part as yet, there are strong concerns that the shooting was racially motivated.

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Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth told CBS News: "From where I sit, I want to see a deeper investigation into whether or not these shootings and other similar crimes are racially motivated.

"It looks racially motivated to me."

People have been demonstrating to demand an end to anti-Asian hate. Credit: PA
People have been demonstrating to demand an end to anti-Asian hate. Credit: PA

These thoughts were echoed by Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock, who told NBC's Meet The Press that he felt race appears to have played a part.

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"We all know hate when we see it," he said. "It is tragic that we've been visited by this kind of violence yet again."

Following the shocking crimes, people gathered to protest against anti-Asian discrimination, which has been growing across the US over recent months.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta said no matter what the motivation was, the killings were utterly devastating.

She said: "Whatever the motivation was for this guy, we know that the majority of the victims were Asian.

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"We also know that this is an issue that is happening across the country. It is unacceptable, it is hateful and it has to stop."

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Topics: Attack, Racism, World News, US News, crime, Tragedy

Dominic Smithers
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