Valentino Marcos Alvero, age 68

Lost to gun violence on January 21, 2023 in Monterey Park, California.

Monterey Park mass shooting
Valentino Alvero was a U.S. citizen of Filipino descent. He had three grandchildren. He had hoped to retire in about a year to return to the Philippines. He spent his free time at the dance studio. “He’d dance around the house,” His son said of his father. “He loved that kind of stuff.”

On January 21, 2023, a mass shooting occurred in Monterey Park, California, United States. The gunman killed eleven people and injured nine others. The shooting happened at about 10:22 p.m. PST at Star Ballroom Dance Studio, after an all-day Lunar New Year Festival was held on a nearby street. Shortly afterward, the gunman drove north to Lai Lai Ballroom in nearby Alhambra to continue his shooting spree but was confronted by staff and disarmed before fleeing by car. The perpetrator was identified as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a standoff with police in Torrance the next day. It is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of Los Angeles County.

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