Indigenous tribe donates $100,000 to Monterey Park shooting victims fund

An indigenous tribe has donated $100,000 to a fund established for victims killed and injured in the Monterey Park mass shooting.

The Pechanga Band of Indians, a tribe in Southern California, generously contributed to a GoFundMe page created by a team of community organizations including several AAPI groups.

Pechanga Tribe President Mark Macarro said the community of Monterey Park invited the tribe to join in their Lunar New Year festivities many years ago.

“Pechanga has made some great friends and acquaintances through the Monterey Park Lunar New Year Festival,” he said in a statement. “Like so many others in California, we are deeply saddened by this tragedy and express our deepest condolences and support to the victims.”

The donation exceeded the goal initially set by the organizers of the victims’ relief fund for a total of $807,154 raised on Wednesday afternoon.

The goal was later raised to $900,000 as donations continued to pour in.

Organizers said 100% of donations received will go to the “many people who are currently suffering from this senseless violence”.

Eleven people were killed and nine others were injured in the Lunar New Year massacre in which a 72-year-old gunman burst into the Star Ballroom Dance Studio and fired 42 shots on Saturday night.

Mourners at a memorial for the Monterey Park victims, outside the Star Ballroom Dance studio, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.
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The dead were identified as female 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, and the men Wen Tau Yu, 64; Valentino Marcos Alvero, 68; Yu Lun Kao, 72 years old; Ming Wei Ma, 72; and Chia Ling Yau, 76.

Individual GoFundMe pages have also been created for the families of various victims to help cover funeral and/or medical expenses.

Their killer, Huu Can Tran, shot himself and committed suicide the next morning.

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