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These are the victims of the Lunar New Year shooting in California

The Los Angeles County coroner's office has identified the 11 people killed in the Lunar New Year massacre inside a popular dance parlor in Monterey Park, Calif.

Coroner has named the 5 men and 6 women who were gunned down in a dance hall

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Hunter Zhao, 41, holds flowers to honour the victims killed in Saturday's ballroom dance studio shooting in Monterey Park, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press)

The 11 people killed in the Lunar New Year dance hall shooting ranged in age from 57 to 76, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Tuesday, as it released the full list of names of the six women and five men killed in Monterey Park, Calif., on Saturday night. 

The office had previously identified four victims: My Nhan, a 65-year-old woman; Valentino Alvero, a 68-year-old man; Lilan Li, a 63-year-old woman; and Xiujuan Yu, a 57-year-old woman.   

The names of the other women killed were: Diana Tom, 70, Muoi Ung, 67, and Hong Jian, 62, according to the coroner's office. The other men were: Chia Yau, 76, Ming Ma, 72, Yu Kao, 72, and Wen Yu, 64.

My Nhan

My Nhan's family said in a written statement released Monday on Twitter that "we are starting the Lunar New Year broken." 

Her niece, Fonda Quan, said Nhan had been her mother's caretaker, and was ready to "start the year fresh" and to celebrate with friends.

She immigrated from Vietnam in the 1980s and ended up making the San Gabriel Valley her home, living in the community of Rosemead. Quan said she didn't know exactly how her aunt got into ballroom dance, but she thinks it had something to do with the fun frocks she got to wear.

"What I do know is she's always been really into fashion," Quan said. "And I think those beautiful dresses come with ballroom dancing. I guess that probably has some connection."

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This photo provided by niece Fonda Quan shows My Nhan, one of the victims of the weekend shooting in Monterey Park. (Fonda Quan/The Associated Press)

Quan said she never heard her aunt talk about the gunman. While the family feels somewhat settled knowing he is dead, they want answers about his motives, she said.

"I hope that whatever we find, whatever we learn, it's a lesson that is learned by everyone to just understand, like, you know, what can we do better to prevent this from happening in the future?" Quan said.

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The statement from Nhan's family posted by Liou on Twitter said: "If you knew her, you knew her warm smile and kindness was contagious. She was a loving aunt, sister, daughter and friend. Mymy was our biggest cheerleader."

Diana Tom

Diana Tom's family said she died on Sunday after being taken to hospital in critical condition following the shooting, according to a statement seen by ABC News. Tom was remembered as a "hard-working mother, wife and grandmother who loved to dance."

"To those who knew her, she was someone who always went out of her way to give to others," the statement said.

Valentino Alvero

In a statement on Twitter, Valentino Alvero's family said he was a devout Catholic who loved ballroom dancing and was the life of any party.

"Overnight, we became unwilling members of a community who has to mourn the loss of our loved ones due to gun violence. We are left frustrated, stuck with this vicious cycle," the family said.

Ming Ma

Friends and patrons of the dance studio said Ming Ma was a frequent presence at the studio, and friends told a CBS affiliate that he was among the first to rush the shooter.

"He was just caring, an 'others first, people first' kind of person," Ma's friend Eric Chen told local media.

WATCH | 11 blue hearts mark loss of Lunar New Year shooting victims:

11 blue hearts mark loss of Lunar New Year shooting victims

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Outside of city hall in Monterey Park, Calif., the names of the 11 Lunar New Year shooting victims were written on signposts bearing blue hearts, where people passing by could leave messages of comfort and consolation.

With files from Reuters

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