Updated Jan 24, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Coroner releases names, ages of people killed in Monterey Park shooting

Memorial for Monterey Park shooting

People line up to place flowers at the entrance to the Star Dance Studio Ballroom in Monterey Park. Photo: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office on Tuesday released the names of the people killed in the Monterey Park mass shooting over the weekend, which has left 11 people dead and nine others wounded.

Driving the news: The office said six women and five men died in the shooting, with all the victims being in their 50s, 60s and 70s.

  • The women included My Nhan, 65, Lilian Li, 63, Muoi Ung, 67, Hong Jian, 62, Diana Tom, 70, Xiujuan Yu, 57.
  • The male victims included Yu Kao, 72, Chia Yau, 76, Valentino Alvero, 68, Wen Yu, 64, and Ming Ma, 72

Two others were in their 60s and one in her 70s. Of the five men, Valentino Alvero, 68, was identified.

  • Authorities said as they worked to identify the next of kin that three of the other men killed in Saturday night's shooting on the eve of Lunar New Year were in their 70s and one was in his 60s.
  • An additional woman who died was also identified by her family. Diana Tom, 70, was initially transported to a hospital in critical condition before succumbing to her injuries, her family said in a statement, ABC News reported.

Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Monterey Park on Wednesday to visit the community and mourn the victims of the shooting, her office said Tuesday.

What they're saying: Tom's family remembered her as "hard-working mother, wife and grandmother who loved to dance," per ABC News.

  • "To those who knew her, she was someone who always went out of her way to give to others," the family added.
  • My Nhan "spent so many years going to the dance studio in Monterey Park on weekends. It's what she loved to do," her family said in a statement.
  • "If you knew her, you knew her warm smile and kindness was contagious. She was a loving aunt, sister, daughter and friend," the statement added.
  • Alvero's daughter said her father "loved God, he loved people, and he loved to dance. I hope he's dancing now, in that great gig in the sky,” Rolling Stone reported.

Details: In addition to those who died at the scene, 10 people were injured and transported to local hospitals.

  • LAC+USC Medical Center announced in a statement Monday that one of the injured patients had died from their "extensive injuries," bringing the total number of fatalities to 11.

State of play: Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna on Sunday identified the suspected shooter as Huu Can Tran, a 72-year-old man whose body he said was found inside a cargo van with self-inflicted gunshot wounds following a standoff with police in Torrance, California.

  • Tran was the only suspect in the Monterey Park shooting and a second incident shortly afterward at Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in the nearby city of Alhambra, which ended without injuries.
  • Officials were still investigating a motive.
  • L.A. County Sheriff's Department Capt. Andrew Meyer told reporters earlier Sunday that it remained unclear whether the suspect knew any of the victims or if the attack was targeted.

Context: Monterey Park, a majority Asian American city east of Los Angeles, typically hosts one of the largest Lunar New Year celebrations in southern California, per AP. 

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details on more victims named by the coroner's office.

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