Who was Valentino Marcos Alvero? Monterey park victim was planning return to his home in Philippines

Who was Valentino Marcos Alvero? Monterey park victim was planning return to his home in Philippines
Filipino-American Valentino Marcos Alvero died in the Star Ballroom Dance Studio shooting spree in Monterey Park, California (@karmelkwan/Twitter)

MONTEREY PARK, CALIFORNIA: Valentino Marcos Alvero was one of the 11 victims who died in the Star Ballroom Dance Studio shooting spree in Monterey Park, California on January 21. Alvero was reportedly working as a hospitality worker in the United States. His heartbroken son Alvero revealed that the Monterey Park victim was planning to retire next year and return to his home country Philippines

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Val Anthony Alvero told CNN, “He’d dance around the house. He loved that kind of stuff.” The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles announced his name in a statement, adding, “The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles expresses its shock and great sadness over the mass shooting incident that took place in Monterey Park, CA late in the night of 21 January 2023. Our prayers go out to the victims' families and we mourn with them during this lunar new year festival, which is supposed to be a time of gathering and celebration.” 

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Who was Valentino Marcos Alvero?

Alvero was one of the 11 victims of the tragedy. In a message made public by his niece Karmel Kwan on Tuesday, he was remembered as "a loving father" who loved to dance. The Consulate General's statement added, “After closely monitoring the incident and sustained coordination with law enforcement, Filipino-American organizations, and media, the Consulate General received the tragic news that one kababayan, Mr Valentino Alvero, 68 years of age, a US citizen of Filipino descent, was among the casualties of the shooting.” The consulate has promised to aid Alvero's grieving family with any assistance they need while urging the neighborhood to maintain its vigilance.

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Meanwhile, authorities have revealed the names of all 11 victims of the mass shooting. The male victims were identified as Wen-Tau Yu, 64; Valentino Marcos Alvero, 68; Ming Wei Ma, 72; Yu-Lun Kao, 72; and Chia Ling Yau, 76. The female victims were named as Xiujuan Yu, 57; Hongying Jian, 62; Lilian Li, 63; Mymy Nhan, 65; Muoi Dai Ung, 67; and Diana Man Ling Tom, 70. A GoFundMe was created to support the victims' families and has received over $590k in donations. 

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The attacker has been identified as Huu Can Tran, 72. Tran went to the Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in Alhambra after the rampage at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, where he was disarmed by Brandon Tsay, 26. Tran was discovered dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a white cargo van at a Torrance strip mall parking lot after a daylong police manhunt. 

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