CALIFORNIA, USA — A gunman killed 11 people at a ballroom dance studio amid Lunar New Year celebrations and then tried — but failed — to target a second dance hall, according to authorities in the Los Angeles area.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said the shooting late Saturday at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park left 11 people dead and wounded another 10 people.
Luna did not have the exact ages of the victims but said they all appeared to be over 50. Seven of the wounded people remained in the hospital.
Who are the victims of the Monterey Park shooting?
While not all 11 victims have been identified, here are the ones who have been so far.
Mymy Nhan, 65
Nhan was identified by her family as one of the people shot and killed at the dance club. Her family released a statement Monday morning.
"It's still sinking in what happened to Mymy. She spent so many years going to the dance studio in Monterey Park on weekends. It's what she loved to do. But unfairly, Saturday was her last dance. We are starting the Lunar New Year broken. We never imagined her life would end so suddenly. Mymy was 65 years old. If you knew her, you knew her warm smile and kindness was contagious. She was a loving aunt, sister, daughter and friend. Mymy was our biggest cheerleader. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate the support of our neighbors and community. Sincerely, The Nhan and Quan Family."
Valentino Alvero, 68
Alvero's family remembers him as a loving father, dedicated son and brother.
“He loved ballroom dancing, he loved his community, and was the life of any party,” the family said.
He was also a devout Catholic who did not receive his last rites, prompting the family to ask for all Catholics and priests to pray for his soul.
“It is also a great travesty that he did not receive last rites. He was a devout Catholic and our family would like to request all priests and Catholics to pray for him by name, Valentino Marcos Alvero. Please offer up any Masses or rosaries you can for the repose of his soul. Pray for Valentino by name, and for the souls of all victims of mass shootings and for an end to mass shootings in our nation and our world," the family said.
Diana Tom, 70
Tom was identified as the woman who was taken to the hospital and later died from her injuries.
Her family remembers her as "hard-working mother, wife and grandmother who loved to dance."
"On behalf of Diana Tom, we, her family, condemn this senseless act of violence that has uprooted the lives of all the victims, their families and the entire API community at large," the family said in a statement. "We honor and support all of those affected."
Lillian Li, 63
Xiujuan Yu, 57
The death toll rose to 11 on Monday after one of the people who was wounded died.
The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services said that one of the four people being treated at the LA County-USC Medical Center had died of gunshot wounds.
Where is Monterey Park?
Monterey Park is a city in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County. Monterey Park is located about 10 miles east of Los Angeles. It has a population of about 60,000 people with a large Asian population.
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