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Chia Ling Yau remembered as ‘caring father, uncle, brother and friend’

Chia Ling Yau, known as Charlie among family and friends, loved music, dancing and traveling.

Yau, 76, was a “caring father, uncle, brother and friend,” his family wrote in a statement.

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“Taking every opportunity to cultivate his love of music, dance and travel, he often expressed gratitude for life and reflected upon the lessons he learned,” said the statement, according to published reports. “He treasured his friendships, and enjoyed spending time with the people he loved.”

A woman writes a personal message on a heart for shooting victim Chia Ling Yau, 76, at a makeshift memorial outside the Monterey Park Civic Center in Monterey Park, Wednesday afternoon Jan. 25, 2023 for the 11 killed Saturday night at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Remembered as a family man, Yau “was generous with words of love and affirmation,” his family said. “He was a happy, fun-loving individual who believed in living life to the fullest.”

The Yau family also expressed their condolences to all the other families impacted by the tragedy.

Yau was a dual Taiwanese and American citizen, said Amy Wang, the director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles.

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