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Lament after murder of 8 people, 6 Asian American women

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer.”
(Psalm 22.1-2)


Delaina Ashley Yaun.
She’s 33.
Was 33.
You know her?
She was a customer at Young’s Asian Massage.
She was planning a date night there with her husband.
Bullets stole her plans. Hatred stole her life.
She has. No. She had a 13-year-old son and an 8-month-old daughter.
For some time, the boy is going to expect his mother
To walk through the front door.
She’s never going to walk through the front door.
Do you know her, Lord?
She was 33.

Robert Aaron Long didn’t know her.
He only saw a WOMAN, the object of his addiction.
He only saw an ASIAN woman, the object of his anger.
He didn’t know a single real thing about her.
But he murdered her as if it was his right.

Lord, why were you just watching him murder her?
You are just like the world!
Just watching
These hate crimes and
violence against women of color.
Lord, stand up.
You say you are a God of justice.
Then prove it!
Because if there’s no justice, there’s no peace.

Delaina Ashley Yaun.
She was. No. She is your daughter.
You didn’t let death keep your First Child.
Don’t let injustice hold your children down.
Break the chains of death and injustice now!

Delaina Ashley Yaun was one of eight people murdered on March 16, 2021 at businesses in the Atlanta area. Six of the eight were Asian American women. Details of Delaina Ashley Yaun’s life come from information her family members provided in this New York Times article.

SAMUEL SON is the manager for diversity and reconciliation in the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville.