Flags half-staff for Atlanta shooting victims

President Joe Biden has ordered U.S. flags to half staff as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 16, in the Atlanta Metropolitan area.

“By the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, March 22, 2021,” the president proclaimed. “I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other
facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.”

Eight people, including six Asian women, were shot to death at three Atlanta massage parlors, and one man, Robert Aaron Young, 21, Woodstock, Georgia, is in custody on multiple felony charges.

The identities of four of the victims were released earlier today. They are Ashley Yaun, 33, Paul Andre Michaels, 54, Xiaojie Tan, 49, and Daoyou Feng, 44.

Motive has not been determined, but the suspect, who confessed to the shooting spree, denies racial motivation.