House legislators hold a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Monterey Park shooting

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Lawmakers held a moment of silence on the House floor on Wednesday to honor the victims of this weekend’s shooting in Monterey Park, California.

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) — who represents Monterey Park and previously served as the city’s mayor — led the moment of silence Wednesday afternoon. Members of the California delegation joined her in the well of the chamber, and the legislator held a sign with the names of the 11 victims of the massacre.

“Last Saturday night, a gunman entered my hometown of Monterey Park, California, at a dance studio and killed 11 innocent people,” Chu said on the House floor. “Today I rise to honor the memories of the 11 lives we have lost.”

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Lawmakers stood still for about 35 seconds.

Chu read out the names of the victims: Valentino Marcos Alvero, Hongying Jian, Yu Lun Kao, Lilian Li, My Nhan, Ming Wei Ma, Diana Man Ling Tom, Muoi Dai Ung, Chia Ling Yau, Wen Tau Yu, and Xiujuan Yu.

She also expressed hope for a speedy recovery for those injured in the massacre and spoke of the timing of the shooting, which took place during a celebration of the Lunar New Year.

“Lunar New Year is a time of celebration for the thriving Asian-American community in my hometown. Saturday’s senseless killings pierced the peace and joy of our celebrations and tore a hole through our hearts,” Chu said.

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“This Lunar New Year should have been a celebration of the Year of the Rabbit marked by hope and peace. And so I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to keep hope alive and work together to make our country a peaceful country free from this kind of horrific violence,” she added.

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Eleven people were killed when a gunman opened fire on a ballroom in Monterey Park, a city in Los Angeles. According to The New York Times, some of the victims — six women, five men — were Chinese immigrants. Their ages ranged from 57 to 76 years.

The suspected gunman – 72-year-old Huu Can Tran – was found dead in a white van in a parking lot in Torrance, California with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities are still trying to figure out the motive behind the attack.

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