Shooting in San Jose: victims killed in VTA railyard massacre remembered

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) – Nine people were killed in the mass shooting at the VTA Yard in San Jose on Wednesday, all employees of the transit agency. We learn more about the victims on Thursday from the loved ones and colleagues they left behind.

The ninth victim of the shooting died in hospital around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.

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“We are all in mourning,” said VTA board chairman Glenn Hendricks, before paying tribute to each of the victims at a press conference Thursday.

Taptejdeep Singh, 36
Singh lived in Union City with his wife and two children. He started at VTA in 2014 as a trainee bus operator, then moved on to become a light rail operator. He is hailed as a hero for helping colleagues hide during filming.

Michael Rudometkin, 40
San Jose council member Raul Peralez has identified his longtime friend Michael Rudometkin as one of the victims of Wednesday’s shooting. He started at VTA in 2013 as a mechanic. He later became an electromechanic and eventually an airline worker.

“Personally my heart is broken and honestly it’s going to take a long time not for me but for all of us to be able to heal,” Peralez said.

Alex Ward Fritch, 49
Fritch was rushed to hospital in critical condition after the mass shooting at the VTA yard, but died Wednesday evening from his injuries. He worked as a substation maintainer for VTA.

Paul Delacruz Megia, 42 years old
Megia began working at VTA in 2002. He worked his way up to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Service Management. He was described by Naunihal Singh, superintendent of the light rail yard, as “always ready to help his employees”.

“Sometimes my requests can be unreasonable,” Singh said. “But Paul always accepted with a smile.”

Adrian Balleza, 29
Balleza started as a bus operator trainee in 2014. He then worked as a maintenance worker and light rail operator.

Adrian balleza

José Dejesus Hernandez III, 35 years old
Hernandez III started at VTA in 2012 as a transit mechanic. He later became an electromechanic and a substation maintainer.

José Hernandez III

Timothée Romo, 49 years old
Romo worked as an aerial worker for VTA for over 20 years.

Timothy romo

Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63 years old
Alaghmandan worked for VTA for 20 years as a substation maintainer.

Abdolvahab Alaghmandan

Lars Lane, 63
Lane had worked at VTA since 2001. He worked as an electrical mechanic and then became an airline worker.

Lars lane

Working Partnerships USA has set up a fund to help support the victims and their families of this tragic event. Head to this link to learn more about how to donate.

Check out the latest stories and videos about the mass shooting at the San Jose VTA Yard.


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