Who was Paul Andre Michels?
Paul Andre Michels was a handyman at Young’s Asian Spa who was reportedly one of the eight killed in the spa shootings in Atlanta on Tuesday at the hands of the suspect Robert Aaron Long. Mr. Paul was an Army veteran who had a business of installing security systems in Atlanta.
He was the only male of white descent killed in this tragic incident along with another White woman and six Asian-American women.
How old was Paul Andre Michels>
Paul Andre Michels was believed to be in his 60s at the time of death.
Paul Andre Michels Biography
Mr. Michels was born and raised in Detroit where he was the seventh of nine children.
He had enlisted in the Army after finishing his high school education in the late 80s but after a few years in service, he decided to move to Atlanta. It was 1995, his brother John was working a job doing low-voltage electric work, installing phones and security systems.
He established his own business of home security.
Paul had been eyeing a career change because of a downfall in the number of people who were availing his services. He had taken up a job as a handyman for the spa to keep things stable, financially, because he had been out of work for some time. Kikiana Whidby, a friend of the Michels family revealed Paul’s plans to own a spa of his own. “He had been out of work for a while and this was something that came to him and he was really excited about,” she said.
Paul Andre Michels Wife
Paul Andre Michels met his wife Bonnie after leaving the military and moving to the Atlanta area and the two were married for 20 years.
Bonnie is a worker at The Juicy Crab in Tucker, Georgia. Her manager Brittany Alshaibani has now started a GoFundMe page in order to support the Michels and raise funds for the family. So far 797 donors have contributed to the fundraiser and a total of $31,652 have been raised of the $50,000 goal.
Paul Andre Michels Atlanta
Paul’s brother John, who was born two and a half years after Paul, has now come forward to speak about his brother that was killed in cold blood. He is of the opinion that his brother was at the spa to fix something and might have also indulged in a conversation with the spa owner.
After leaving the military, Paul followed John who was doing low-voltage electric work in Atlanta. For the past couple of months, his job had become even less rewarding and he was seeking a change – an aspiration that was shot down along with him.
“Even though we’re not biological twins, we were basically twins. We hung out and did endless everything together,” he said.
John knew about his brother’s plans to enter the massage therapy business and that Paul was “actually transitioning into owning a spa.” Speaking about Paul, he noted that his age was making it difficult for him to continue his job as a handyman.
“He was actually looking to start his own massage spa. That’s what he was talking about last year.”
During the conversation, Paul described his brother as a “very good man” who wouldn’t think twice before helping someone in need. “He was a good, hard-working man who would do what he could do to help people,” he said. “He’d loan you money if you need it sometimes.”
“You never went away from his place hungry.”
Atlanta Shooting Victims
THESE ARE THEIR NAMES
TO THE MEDIA: FIGURE OUT HOW TO SAY THEIR NAMES. THANKS.
Delaina Ashley Yaun
Paul Andre Michels
Hyeon Jeong Park
(two more not yet released)
— Jenny Yang (@jennyyangtv) March 18, 2021