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March 21, 2023
Officials publicly identified all 11 of the victims of Saturday’s tragic mass shooting in California’s Monterey Park at a dance hall where people were celebrating Lunar New Year.
The gunman, 72-year old Huu Can Tran, was known at the ballroom dance hall and studio and opened fire shortly after a Lunar New Year celebration had ended. He shot 12 people, killing 11 of them. The victims ranged in age from 57 to 72, including one who died the day after the shooting at a local hospital.
The victims were identified publicly after their families had been notified. Their names are: Mymy Nhan, 65; Lilan Li, 63; Xiujuan Yu, 57; Hongying Jian, 62; Muoi Dai Ung, 67; Valentino Marcos Alvero, 68; Yu-Lun Kao, 72; Chia Ling Yau, 76; Wen-Tau Yu, 64; and Ming Wei Ma, 72, and Diana Tom, 70.
Mymy Nhan was, according to her family, the first person who was shot by the gunman. She was a beloved grandmother who spent much of her time at the dance hall. Her family says her death is “still sinking in.”
In a statement to the LA Times, Diana Tom’s family described her as “a hard-working mother, wife and grandmother who loved to dance. To those who knew her, she was someone who always went out of her way to give to others.”
Valentino Alvero was a proud grandfather of three, and a US citizen who originally immigrated from the Philippines. Ming Wei Ma was the owner of the dance hall where the shooting took place, and friends described him as “a constant presence” and “a skilled social connector.” Xiujuan Yu was a mother of three, including twins.
Tributes and flowers have continued to pile up outside the dance hall in the days after the massacre, as the predominantly Asian-American community reels from the incident. Another elderly Asian-American gunman shot and killed 7 people in another California community on Tuesday.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
MANAGING EDITOR: LUKE MOCHERMAN
PHOTO CREDIT: CNN