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Norcross spa shooting victims identified, funeral arrangements made

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  • Pyong ok Kang and wife were among four people killed at Su Jung Beauty Health and Sauna in Norcross. The couple owned the business. Courtesy: Chosun Daily News)
  • Five dead in murder-suicide at spa
    

 

NORCROSS, Ga. -- Funeral arrangements have been made for the four victims and gunman in Tuesday night's shooting spree at a Norcross spa. All five were related.

The service for 61-year-old Kum Hi Song and 64-year-old Byong Ok Kang will be held Saturday morning at Lee's Funeral Home in Decatur. The couple will be buried at the North Atlanta Cemetery on Winters Chapel Road in Dunwoody.

The service for the remaining victims -- 57-year-old Kum Sook Kim and 55-year-old Tae Yol Kim -- and the shooter, 59-year-old Jeong Soo Paek, will be held Sunday at Lee's Funeral Home. They will be buried in their hometown in Maryland.

Investigators said Paek shot his two sisters and their husbands before taking his own life at the Su Jung Beauty Health Sauna at 6005 Buford Highway.

The four victims co-owned the spa, but court documents listed Kang as the spa's primary owner.

Kang was a Vietnam War veteran who opened the spa in 1998. Friends told 11Alive's Jerry Carnes that Kang was very active and well-known in Atlanta's Korean community.

"We lost a great community service leader," said Travis Kim, president of the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta. "We will miss him dearly."

The pastor of Kang's church told 11Alive News money problems may have played a role in Tuesday's rampage.

Pastor Paul Song Kim of Fire and the Light Korean Baptist Church said Paek's wife had subleased a space in the hair salon portion of the spa, and that business wasn't doing well. Court documents revealed several liens on the property.

Kim said the family was holding a meeting on the spa's finances when Paek showed up, got into an argument with his siblings, then started firing a semi-automatic pistol.

Norcross police said Paek was reportedly at the business earlier in the day and was asked to leave by one of his sisters.

Officers responded to the shooting just before 9 p.m. Tuesday.

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Surveillance video shows Paek entering the spa, speaking briefly with one of his sisters, then opening fire.

According to police, Paek goes in and out of the frame of video during the shooting and apparently kills himself off camera. Police are not releasing the surveillance video at this time.

About 20 people were inside the building at the time of the shooting, but police said none were in danger. The shootings happened in the front of the 5,500 square foot facility, while many of the other patrons were in the back. Police said no one actually saw the shootings take place.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted Norcross Police at the scene. Chief Summers said the interviews were initially slow going because of a language barrier. Police are working with the Korean Consulate in their investigation.

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