City’s vigil for Monterey Park mass shooting victims honors those ‘dancing in heaven’

Several hundred people gathered at Monterey Park City Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for the reading of prayers and a candlelight vigil organized by the city to remember the 11 victims of Saturday’s mass shooting at a dance studio that has rattled the community. It was the second vigil at that site in two days, following one Monday night.

Mourners and speakers came together near a memorial outside the building that has grown in the days since the shooting. A corkboard nearby was filled with handwritten messages of grief and sorrow.

There is a board here with messages from the community.

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“To all those dancing in heaven & your families, our prayers are with you,” one message read.

Some attendees were still trying to come to terms with what happened.

“I’m feeling really emotional,” said lifelong Monterey Park resident Amy Lie. “I just can’t believe something like this could happen to our peaceful community.”

Local officials spoke and smoke from prayer candles filled the air as people paid their respects. Prayers were offered by local pastors in Taiwanese, Cantonese and other languages to offer comfort to the tight-knit community”

City Council member Yvonne Yiu said she cried the last two days after learning Ming Wei Ma, the owner of Star Ballroom & Dance Studio and the first person to rush the suspect during the shooting, had been killed.

“I knew Teacher Ma for a long time,” Yiu said. “We sang and danced together.”

The event also featured a White House aide reading a message from President Joe Biden.

“Jill and I are keeping the people of Monterey Park and the LA region in our hearts after the deadly mass shooting pierced the nation and our soul,” Biden said in the message. “There’s nothing I can say that can …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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