HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — Northern California officials have identified all but one of the seven victims killed in the tragic mass shooting at two mushroom farms in Half Moon Bay.
The video in the player above is from a previous report.
The small coastal community has been in shock and grief ever since Monday, when investigators say a 66-year-old suspect shot and killed his co-workers in an act of workplace violence. An eighth person was shot and underwent surgery at the Stanford Medical Center.
The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office has identified six of the seven victims killed:
Zhishen Liu, 73, of San Francisco
Marciano Martinez Jimenez, 50, of Moss Beach
Aixiang Zhang, 74, of San Francisco
Qizhong Cheng, 66, of Half Moon Bay
Yetao Bing, 43, residence unknown
Jingzhi Lu, 64, of Half Moon Bay
The coroner’s office says that the seventh victim has been tentatively identified, but they are waiting for a positive identification from family.
SEE ALSO | Names released for all 11 victims who died in Monterey Park mass shooting
On Tuesday, officials said it’s been difficult to notify family members because some of the victims are migrants.
On Monday, ABC7 News spoke with Carlos Martinez-Maya, the nephew of victim Marciano Martinez Himenez, who at work was known as Martin.
Throughout the evening, Martinez-Maya and others arriving at the location were attempting to piece together what answers they could.
But his repeated calls to his uncle went unanswered.
“My dad got a call saying that this mushroom farm got shot up by someone, or something and he basically left us, drove over here,” Martinez-Maya said. “My mom got a call from my dad — he’s crying — saying my brother is in there he’s not answering his calls. His brother is my uncle. We’re just worried right now, because he’s not answering his calls or anything like that. they’re not letting anyone go in or out, they’re also not telling us who the deceased are.”
RELATED | New video shows man’s initial confrontation with Monterey Park shooting suspect in Alhambra
About two hours after ABC7 News spoke with him, he said workers from the farm confirmed to the family that his uncle was one of the people shot and killed at the scene.
In tears, Maria Melgar opened up about the two friend she lost. One of them was Marciano Martinez-Jimenez. “I know Marciano for 15 years,” said Melgar.
Copyright © 2023 KGO-TV. All Rights Reserved.