Family, Friends Pay Respects to Deceased in Spa Shooting

Around a hundred guests attended the funeral for the suspect and two of the victims from last week's spa shooting.

Around a hundred guests paid their respects at a funeral Sunday to remember those who died in last week's spa shooting in Norcross.

The funeral for Tae Yol Kim, Kum Suk Kim and Jeong Soo Paek, three of the five people who died in Tuesday's murder-suicide, was held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Lee's Funeral Home in Decatur. The funeral for the other two victims, Kum Hi Song and Byong Ok Kang, took place Saturday at the same location.

Police say Paek fatally shot his two sisters and their husbands the evening of Feb. 21 at in Norcross, then shot himself, .

The Korean-English service was led by the Rev. Dr. Daniel Nan Yong Choe from Dallas, where many family members had lived. Family and friends recalled fond memories and remembered those who died, including Paek, despite his actions.

David Weigel was one of the three who spoke during the eulogies. He talked about how he and his wife, Sung Chu, were both close friends of Paek.

Weigel said Paek was intelligent and always doing something challenging in his life. The friend praised Paek for always staying active with parachuting, hang gliding, mountain biking and snowboarding, even despite the tender age of 59.

Weigel also mentioned how Paek had many physical struggles, but he didn't let that get in the way.

"He did all these things I wished I had done and really got joy out of life, in spite of everything that would have stopped normal people from doing," Weigel said.

"We're very proud to be his friends," continued Weigel. "We're glad to know that he's free now, from all that. Free. No pain, no trouble."

Byung Ok Bae, Tae Yol Kim's best friend, spoke in Korean about how he could always counted on Kim and how his friend sacrificed himself for the needs of his family. Choe translated much of Bae's speech.

Jimmy Ford, a nephew of the deceased, said he knew Paek and the Kims for almost 40 years. He called them "warmhearted" and "hardworking," and he can only recall fond memories of them.

"I loved them dearly, and I will miss them," he said.

Scripture readings, silent prayers and songs were also part of the service, in addition to Choe's message of forgiveness for Paek's actions. The funeral ended with a final viewing of the bodies and laying flowers on the three caskets.

A slideshow of family photos was also projected, showing scenes from the three fishing, horseback riding, graduation and other happy moments.

Paek and the Kims will be buried in their hometown in Maryland. Song and Kang, the other two victims, were laid to rest at North Atlanta Memorial Park in Dunwoody.


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