All 11 victims of Monterey Park mass shooting have been identified

All 11 victims of the horrific Monterey Park Ballroom Massacre have now been identified – the final six names of those shot dead on Saturday night were released by the Los Angeles County Coroner on Tuesday.

Ten of 11 people were pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting inside the Star Ballroom Dance Studio and the latest victim died in hospital on Sunday, officials said.

Six women and five men aged 57 to 76 were killed in the bloodbath.

The female victims are Xiujuan Yu, 57; Hongying Jian, 62 years old; Lilan Li, 63 years old; My My Nhan, 65; Muoi Dai Ung, 67 years old; and Diana Man Ling Tom, 70. The male victims are Wen Tau Yu, 64; Valentino Marcos Alvero, 68; Yu Lun Kao, 72 years old; Ming Wei Ma, 72; and Chia Ling Yau, 76.

The victims were gathered with others in the dance hall to welcome the Year of the Rabbit during a Lunar New Year celebration when gunman Huu Can Tran, 72, opened fire with a gun. semi-automatic assault.

Tran fired 42 rounds inside the crowded room hosting a “Chinese New Year Countdown Dance Party”.

Ma was a beloved dance teacher at the ballroom affectionately known as “Mr. Ma” as well as a father of two children.

“He was the first to rush at the shooter,” Ma’s friend Eric Chen told CBS News. “He was just caring.”

The 11 victims were celebrating the Lunar New Year when they were killed by a crazed gunman.
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Ming Wei Ma
Ming Wei Ma was a beloved dance teacher at Star Ballroom Dance Studio and one of the first victims killed.
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The avid dance instructor had “built a community that loved him dearly and respected him for his kindness and liveliness,” according to a GoFundMe page.

Nhan’s family said she was also one of Tran’s first victims.

“She spent so many years going to the dance studio in Monterey Park on the weekends,” they wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “That’s what she liked to do. But unfairly, Saturday was his last dance.

“We are starting the broken Lunar New Year. We never imagined that his life would end so suddenly,” reads the statement signed by “The Nhan and Quan Family.”


My My Nhan
My My Nhan died doing what she loved – dancing, her family said in a statement.
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“Mymy was 65 years old. If you knew her, you knew her warm smile and kindness were contagious. She was a loving aunt, sister, daughter and friend. Mymy was our biggest cheerleader.

Alvero was “a loving father, a devoted son and brother, a grandfather who loved his three granddaughters fiercely, an uncle who loved his nieces and nephews as his own”, his family said in a press release Monday.

They said he enjoyed ballroom dancing and exchanging stories with others.

“We hope he danced to his heart’s content until the very end and hope he is now dancing in heaven,” the family added.

Tom was the latest victim of the tragedy. Her family said she died of her injuries on Sunday after being listed in critical condition in hospital.

Those close to her said she was a “hardworking mother, wife and grandmother who loved to dance”.

“For those who knew her, she was someone who always went out of her way to give to others,” the family said in a statement.


Improvised candlelit memorial for the victims of the Monterey Park shootings.
In addition to the 11 killed, nine others were injured and hospitalized.
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Yu moved from China to the United States and is a wife and mother of three children, including twins who are attending college in California, her niece said on a GoFundMe page.

“My aunt was making crafts [a] future with her husband and children, and now that this journey has suddenly been cut short is heartbreaking,” relative Kathleen Fong wrote. “She will never be able to witness what she has dreamed of all these years.”

Kao, who also went by Andy, allegedly saved his dance partner’s life by shielding her with his body, according to a GoFundMe page set up by the woman and her husband who have been close friends with him for 15 years.

Kao was known as “Mr. Nice” in the dance community because “he would welcome newcomers with open arms and teach them the basics,” couple Shally and Francois wrote on the fundraising page.


Two people stand in front of flowers placed in front of the Star Ballroom Dance Studio.
Investigators have yet to reveal a motive for the mass shooting.
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“Yu Kao was a free spirit, made people laugh, and loved to dance even though it was only him on the dance floor,” they said. “We were close friends and treated each other like family. He was always there to put a smile on our faces.

Jian, whom friends called Nancy, came to the United States from Sichuan province and had a number of hobbies, including dancing, singing, volleyball, gardening and playing the piano, sources said. neighbors to the LA Times.

“He’s a very active person,” his neighbor Serena Liu told the newspaper. “She used to say she could befriend anyone if she wanted to. She’s a very nice, cute, kind person.

In addition to the 11 killed, nine other victims were injured in the attack. The mass murderer turned the gun on himself and was confirmed dead the day after the massacre.

Investigators have yet to reveal a motive for the mass shooting.

With post wires

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