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Brandon Tsay, who disarmed Monterey Park gunman, to be honored at Alhambra Lunar New Year festival


The City of Alhambra, where the Monterey Park gunman was disarmed while trying to attack a second dance studio, is moving forward with its annual Lunar New Year festival on Sunday, one week after the deadly mass shooting.

“This is a moment of healing for this community,” John Bwarie, CEO of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, told KTLA. “The beginning of a healing process that might take weeks, months, years, and we wanted to be part of that.”

The festival, which takes place on Main Street from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., will involve the usual food, vendors, games, and performers. But it will also include an important honor for Brandon Tsay, the manager of Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in Alhambra, who wrestled away a gun from Huu Can Tran after he had already shot 20 people at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio.

Tsay will receive a medal of courage from the Alhambra Police Department and other recognitions by local officials.

There will also be a remembrance ceremony for the 11 people who died.

Brandon Tsay
Brandon Tsay wrestles with the Monterey Park gunman inside the Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in Alhambra, California. Jan. 21, 2023.

“The new year is about rebirth and renewal, and so this is an opportunity to bring this community together at a time of real tragedy and come together and say we are a strong community, a resilient community. We can move forward but only if we work together and come together,” Bwarie says.

Tap here for more information on the Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival.


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