A number of hundred individuals gathered at Monterey Park Metropolis Corridor on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for the studying of prayers and a candlelight vigil organized by town to recollect the 11 victims of Saturday’s mass taking pictures at a dance studio that has rattled the neighborhood. It was the second vigil at that website in two days, following one Monday night time.
Mourners and audio system got here collectively close to a memorial exterior the constructing that has grown within the days because the taking pictures. A close-by corkboard was crammed with handwritten messages of grief and sorrow.
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“To all these dancing in heaven & your households, our prayers are with you,” one message learn.
Some attendees have been nonetheless making an attempt to come back to phrases with what occurred.
“I am feeling actually emotional,” stated lifelong Monterey Park resident Amy Lie. “I simply cannot consider one thing like this might occur to our peaceable neighborhood.”
Native officers spoke and smoke from prayer candles stuffed the air as individuals paid their respects. Prayers have been provided by native pastors in Taiwanese, Cantonese and different languages to supply consolation to the tight-knit neighborhood”
Metropolis Council member Yvonne Yiu stated she cried the final two days after studying Ming Wei Ma, the proprietor of Star Ballroom & Dance Studio and the primary particular person to hurry the suspect in the course of the taking pictures, had been killed.
“I knew Trainer Ma for a very long time,” Yiu stated. “We sang and danced collectively.”
The occasion additionally featured a White Home aide studying a message from President Joe Biden.
“Jill and I are protecting the individuals of Monterey Park and the LA area in our hearts after the lethal mass taking pictures pierced the nation and our soul,” Biden stated within the message. “There’s nothing I can say that may fill the void of those that are now not with us.”
One other vigil was held on the dance studio Tuesday night, turning into the third vigil in two days for the taking pictures victims. It was organized by the ANSWER Coalition.
There, a set of flowers and candles continued to develop exterior the studio all through the night as round 50 neighborhood members gathered to pay their respects.
Organizers began the night off by studying aloud the names of the 11 victims, and mentioning the heroic efforts of Brandon Tsay, who disarmed the shooter on the Lai Lai Ballroom and Dance Studio in Alhambra.
Then, the mic was provided to neighborhood members to voice their ideas, share their grievances and discover assist amongst a hurting neighborhood.
Monterey Park resident Maia Go stated it has been extremely arduous to course of the tragedy however inspired others to “simply really feel their emotions.”
“Over time I feel we’ll be capable to heal and on the finish of the day these acts of violence do not communicate for our bigger neighborhood,” Go stated.
Different residents shared the sentiment that they will not let the taking pictures outline their neighborhood.
“This sort of tragedy isn’t one we ever thought would occur right here and now the entire nation has shined the highlight on us in our time of grief,” stated Julie Ngo, 24. “We’re a neighborhood wealthy in Asian American historical past and now’s the time for us to take again that highlight and present that Monterey Park is a lot greater than this tragedy,” Ngo stated.
Some residents took the chance to attract consideration to what they referred to as a scarcity of psychological well being consciousness within the Asian American Pacific Islander neighborhood.
One resident, Dan Hsu, 36, stated that the shooter was “a sick, sick man.”
“However we’ve got to marvel what was going by means of his head, what kind of abuse he endured in his life,” he stated. “So typically psychological well being is ignored within the Asian neighborhood and we have to acknowledge that there are a lot of extra unstable individuals on the market whose indicators are being ignored.”
Compassion in SGV, a volunteer group within the San Gabriel Valley, plans one other vigil Wednesday at 6 pm on the dance studio. The occasion will “keep in mind, honor and grieve the tragic mass taking pictures victims in Monterey Park and condemn gun violence,” Compassion in SGV stated on social media.