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As Boston officials condemn Monterey Park shooting, area Lunar New Year celebrations go on

Lowell Mayor Sokhary Chau invites lion dancers into his office at a Year of the Tiger Lunar New Year celebration at City Hall in Lowell on Feb. 1, 2022. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Lowell Mayor Sokhary Chau invites lion dancers into his office at a Year of the Tiger Lunar New Year celebration at City Hall in Lowell on Feb. 1, 2022. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Boston city officials are showing their support after a deadly mass shooting in Monterey Park, California, during a Lunar New Year celebration over the weekend.

Ten people were killed and 10 others were injured by a suspect who police have identified as Huu Can Tran, 72. After a manhunt, he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Mayor Michelle Wu and Boston City Council President Ed Flynn said in a statement that they're devastated by the violence and are calling on national leaders to take action.

Despite the tragedy, the city of Lowell went ahead with its own Lunar New Year celebration. Organizers said they wanted to show solidarity with the Asian-American community — and there was extra security on hand.

As costumed performers danced in front of Lowell City Hall, police motorcycles sealed the perimeter.

Organizer Kameron Xaiyavong said they never considered canceling the festivities.

"It's very important to us, to come out and come together, represent, show that we are here to unite as one as a community," Xaiyavong said.

Lowell state Rep. Rady Mom said the city stepped up to make the community feel safe.

"Luckily, in our great city of Lowell, we had police officers and all the public safety that's been set in place so we could see a child have a smile on their face, and that is very, very touching," Mom said.

More Lunar New Year celebrations will be held in the region in the coming days.

With reporting from WBUR's Samantha Coetzee

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