At Alhambra’s Lunar New Year festival on Sunday, Brandon Tsay, the manager of a dance studio who valiantly neutralised the Monterey Park gunman before he could kill more lives, was honoured with the Medal of Courage.
Tsay informed the crowd, “This year began off as really challenging.” We still have time this year to restore our neighbourhood and spread kindness.
Surveillance footage shows Tsay, whose family runs the Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in Alhambra, wrestling a gun away from Huu Can Tran just after investigators say Tran murdered 20 people, 11 fatally, at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in adjacent Monterey Park last Saturday.
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Tran, who had been cornered by police in Torrance, drove off in a white van and ultimately killed himself.
The investigation into why Tran attacked both dance studios is ongoing.
Both communities were grateful for the chance to put the past behind them and look forward to the Lunar New Year Festival in Alhambra, which featured traditional dance and musical performances, merchants, and games.
Tsay has faith in the resilience of the Monterey Park community and is confident that the city will recover and thrive in the wake of this tragedy.
John Bwarie, CEO of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, told KTLA, “This is a moment of healing for this community.” Healing is a process that might take a long time — weeks, months, or even years — and we wanted to be a part of it.
The 11 victims of the terrible shooting were honoured at a memorial service held during the festival on Sunday.
This is a chance for us to join together as a community in the face of true sorrow and declare that we are strong and resilient, much as the new year is all about rebirth and renewal. Bwarie emphasised the importance of unity and cooperation for future success.