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Los Angeles archbishop offers prayers for victims of mass shooting

People offer prayers after bringing flowers to a makeshift memorial site in front of the Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California

Archbishop José H. Gomez Velasco of Los Angeles (LA) Archdiocese prayed for the victims of the shooting that killed ten people on January 21 at a ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park, California.

“With the whole family of God here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I am praying for the victims of this violence,” Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez said in a statement.

"We pray for those dead and the injured in this shooting; we ask that God stay close to their families and loved ones," Gomez said in a statement published on January 22.

The archbishop prayed for the wounded to be healed and that God might give strength and guidance to the doctors and nurses caring for them.

LA archbishop added, "God grant wisdom and prudence to law enforcement and public officials working to make sense of the violence and keep our communities safe."

Peace for those whose faith has been shaken, the archbishop prayed, as well as peace in the "hearts of those who are troubled" and "hearts of those who are afraid and hurting today."

Archbishop Gomez added that they prayed for peace in their hearts so that they might feel God's love and know that he would deliver them from every evil.

The archbishop prayed to Blessed Mother Mary to intercede for them, to be the mother to them in this hour of pain and uncertainty, and "to care for those who are suffering and to be healers and peacemakers in our world."

Monterey Park Shooting (Photo: CNN)

The shooting occurred at the Star Ballroom Studio during a Lunar New Year event on January 21 in Monterey Park, California.

In addition to the ten people killed (five men and five women), ten more were wounded and seven of them were hospitalized.

LA County Sheriff Robert Luna reported that all the gunshot victims were over 50.

On January 22, the cops found the suspected gunman dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his cargo van.

Luna identified the suspected shooter as Huu Can Tran, 72.  

Luna said there were no other suspects, and the shooter's motivation was unknown.
Monterey Park is a community of about 60,000 inhabitants on Los Angeles' eastern edge and with a large Asian population.  - With inputs from Crux Now


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