Fil-Am killed loved dancing

Frederic J. BROWN /Agence France-Presse Light amid darkness Victims of a mass shooting outside the City Hall in Monterey Park, California are remembered in a candlelight vigil on 23 January 2023. The 72-year-old Asian immigrant who killed 11 people on 21 January before shooting himself as police moved in on him was once a regular at the California dance club where a tragic gun massacre unfolded.

A 63-year-old Filipino-American was among the 11 killed in a mass shooting during a Lunar New Year celebration in California, the Philippine consulate in Los Angeles confirmed yesterday.

Deputy Consul General Ambrosio Enciso III identified Valentino Alvero as an American of Filipino descent who died in the shooting rampage late Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in Monterey Park.
Enciso expressed “shock and great sadness” over the death of Alvero and 10 others.

“Our prayers go out to the families of the victims and we mourn with them during this lunar New Year festival, which is supposed to be a time of gathering and celebration,” he said.

He said they were ready to assist the family of Alvero should they reach out to the consulate for help. He also called on the Filipino community to “exercise all caution and continue being vigilant during these uncertain times.”

The consulate asked Filipinos to always monitor the whereabouts of their loved ones and to report any suspicious activities to local law enforcement.

The family of Alvero reminded the public that he was “more than just a headline or a news story.” His loved ones described Alvero as “a loving father, a dedicated son, and brother, a grandfather who loved his three granddaughters fiercely, an uncle who loved his nieces and nephews like his own.”

So much gusto
“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,” the family said in a statement.

“He loved ballroom dancing, he loved his community, and was the life of any party,” they added.

Alvero’s family also sent their deepest condolences to the families of the other victims as they face a “heart-shattering and life-altering tragedy.”

“We hope that we all continue to look out for each other. May kindness and grace find us in the dark days ahead. Our hearts are with you,” they said in a statement.

“Overnight, we became unwilling members of a community who has to mourn the loss of our loved ones due to gun violence. We are left frustrated, stuck with this vicious cycle,” they added.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office identified the lone suspect in the Saturday night shooting as Huu Can Tran, 72.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said Tran, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, used a semi-automatic pistol, going to Monterey Park to shoot people celebrating the Lunar New Year at a local dance club.

Tran then drove to another dance studio at nearby Alhambra to shoot more people, but an employee there wrestled a modified 9mm submachine gun-style weapon away from him.

The employee who prevented Tran from killing more people was identified as Brandon Tsay. Authorities lauded his “heroic actions.”

Law enforcement officials said they served a search warrant at Tran’s home, where they recovered a .308-caliber rifle and numerous electronic devices, which they believed he had manufactured at home.
The gunman had been previously arrested for illegally possessing a firearm.


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