Diana Tom was out dancing with associates Saturday evening, ringing within the Lunar New 12 months at Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, when all that pleasure was tragically minimize brief.
Tom, 70, was mortally wounded when a gunman opened fireplace at her beloved dance studio, killing 11 and wounding 9 in an assault that has crushed the area people — the center of the area’s Chinese language diaspora — and shocked the nation.
Members of the family on Tuesday recognized Tom because the woman who later died in the hospital of injuries from the shooting, bringing the loss of life toll to 11. She died Sunday.
“Diana was a hard-working mother, wife and grandmother who loved to dance,” the household wrote in a press release supplied to The Instances. “To those who knew her, she was someone who always went out of her way to give to others.”
All the deceased have been recognized Tuesday. Along with Tom, they’re: My Nhan, 65; Lilian Li, 63; Xiujuan Yu, 57; Hong Jian, 62; Muoi Ung, 67; Valentino Alvero, 68; Yu Kao, 72; Chia Yau, 76; Wen Yu, 64; and Ming Ma, 72. (Li’s identify was initially misspelled by the coroner).
9 others have been injured within the assault.
The gunman was recognized by police as a 72-year-old man who investigators consider had frequented the dance studio, in addition to a second dance corridor in Alhambra, which he additionally tried to assault Saturday evening however was confronted and stopped by a man working the entrance desk.
The subsequent day, the suspect fatally shot himself as police approached his van in a Torrance parking zone, in keeping with officers.
“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,” Tom’s household wrote in a press release. They requested for donations to a victims fund launched by the Southern California branch of Asian Americans Advancing Justice and a number of other different organizations supporting the Asian American Pacific Islander group.
“Diana would be happy to know her legacy will continue with the GoFundMe that will support all of the victims’ families of this tragedy,” the assertion stated. “We honor and support all of those affected.”
Tom was amongst 4 victims of the taking pictures handled at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Middle. One other one of many survivors — a 73-year-old girl — was launched Monday. The opposite two stay on the hospital, in keeping with officers. Their circumstances weren’t instantly clear.
Alvero was remembered by relations as a “loving father, a dedicated son and brother, a grandfather who loved his three nieces and nephews like his own children.
“Please remember that Valentino is more than just a headline or a news story,” the household wrote in a press release. “He loved people and hearing about their lives and, in return, he shared his own stories with so much gusto and enthusiasm that you couldn’t help but listen and laugh along with him.”
His household stated he cherished ballroom dancing, his group and was the “life of any party.”
“We hope that he danced to his heart’s content until the very end and hope that he is now dancing in heaven,” they wrote.
Alvero was a Filipino American, in keeping with the Philippine consulate common in Los Angeles, and was a religious Catholic, his household stated. They referred to as it a “great travesty” that he didn’t obtain his final rites, a sacrament administered earlier than loss of life.
“Our family would like to request all priests and Catholics to pray for him by name, Valentino Marcos Alvero,” the household wrote. “He was a faithful servant of God and we know that he would want the world to lift his family in prayer more than anything.”
Like others on the dance corridor Saturday evening, Yu was celebrating the Lunar New 12 months when she was killed.
“After days of uncertainty, anxiety, and waiting in worry, we received the news that my aunt was indeed among the deceased at the incident,” Yu’s niece, Kathleen Fong, wrote on a fundraiser page set up for Yu.
Yu immigrated to the U.S. from China within the early 2010s and hoped to create a brand new begin together with her husband and three kids, Fong wrote. Two of Yu’s kids are pursuing levels in sports activities medication and kinesiology at California State universities.
“My aunt and uncle have worked tirelessly to support their daughters’ livelihood and education, working odd jobs and taking on labor-intensive occupations to make ends meet,” Fong wrote. “The family has just been able to get by with the support of both parents, but now with one of them no longer in the picture and the steep cost of unanticipated funeral services awaiting them, we have deemed it necessary to reach out to the community for assistance.”
Nhan, a fan of ballroom dancing and all issues vogue, was known to loved ones as Mymy, in keeping with her niece, Fonda Quan, who recollects her aunt had an infectious cheerfulness and eagerness to have a good time the wins of these in her extensive circle of associates.
“It’s gut-wrenching,” stated Quan, 32, who grew up sharing a house together with her aunt, in addition to her dad and mom and grandmother. “It’s been difficult to process.”
Nhan grew up in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis and immigrated to Rosemead together with her household within the Nineteen Eighties.
“Unfairly, Saturday was her last dance,” her household wrote in a press release. “We are starting the Lunar New Year broken.”
One in every of Nhan’s longtime instructors, Maksym Kapitanchuk, stated her presence breathed life into each the Star Ballroom Dance Studio and Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in Alhambra, the 2 places the gunman focused Saturday.
“Dance was her life,” he stated, including that she attended courses each evening of the week, usually bringing associates together with her. “She was just the light of the class and the light of the studio.”
One other sufferer, Ma, was a relentless presence at Star — a talented social connector, associates stated, who labored and danced on the studio.
Ma — recognized affectionately as Mr. Ma — had emigrated together with his spouse from China, the place he had been a part of a well known dance group, stated David DuVal, a dance teacher.
“He loved what he did,” he stated.
Lily Ko, who has taken a category at Star each Tuesday for 2 years, recalled seeing Ma instructing one other class. He was actually good, she remembered pondering.
Her Tuesday courses ended round 10 p.m., and Ma usually waited for her so she wouldn’t should stroll to her automotive alone.
“He made sure I was safe,” she recalled.
The Taipei Financial and Cultural Workplace in Los Angeles confirmed two of the victims have been Taiwanese People. One was a Chinese language citizen, according to the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles.
“Overnight, we became unwilling members of a community who has to mourn the loss of our loved one due to gun violence,” the Alvero household wrote in a press release. “We send our condolences to the other victims and their families who have had to endure this heart-shattering and life-altering tragedy.”