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The shooting at a San Jose rail yard on Wednesday took place in two buildings and killed nine employees who had been bus and light rail operators, mechanics, linemen and an assistant superintendent over the course of their careers. Their ages ranged from 29 to 63. One had worked for the Valley Transportation Authority since 1999.The ninth victim who died was previously hospitalized in critical condition after the shooting. The Santa Clara County’s medical examiner-coroner identified him late Wednesday as Alex Ward Fritch, 49.Here’s what we know about the victims in the San Jose shooting:Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63Alaghmandan worked at VTA for about 20 years as a substation maintainer. Adrian Balleza, 29Balleza started with VTA as a bus operator trainee in 2014. He later became a maintenance worker and light rail operator. Alex Ward Fritch, 49Fritch started as a substation maintainer. Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35Hernandez started his employment with VTA in 2012 as a transit mechanic. He later became an electro-mechanic and then a substation maintainer. His ex-wife told NBC News that he was the calmest, most level-headed person she has known and that he dedicated his life to “worshipping the Lord and just helping people.”Despite their divorce in August, her younger brother remained “best friends” with him, she said.Lars Kepler Lane, 63Lane started working for VTA in 2001 as an electro-mechanic and later became an overhead line worker.Lane loved golf, biking and barbecuing and coached Little League for nearly 20 years, his wife of more than two decades, Vicki Lane, told People magazine.Lars Lane is survived by three adult sons, Vicki Lane’s daughter, and four grandchildren, she told the magazine.The family was planning to barbeque in Sacramento over the weekend for Lane’s 64th birthday ahead of a vacation for the two of them in Maui, she said.”He always put me first,” she told People.Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40Rudometkin started working with VTA in 2013 as a mechanic, later becoming an electrical mechanic then an overhead line worker. San Jose City Councilman Raul Peralez said Rudometkin was a close friend.”There are no words to describe the heartache we are feeling right now, especially for his family,” he wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.Cousin Christina Gonzalez said that Rudometkin was a proud union member who loved his job and “just always stood up for everyone’s rights.”Rudometkin was originally from San Jose and lived in Santa Cruz, she said.Paul Megia, 42Megia started his VTA employment in 2002 as a bus operator trainee, later becoming a light rail operator, transportation supervisor, transit division supervisor and ultimately an assistant superintendent in service management. Megia was married and had three children, his mother and father told KCRA 3. His family had been planning to go to Disneyland this weekend. He was born in the Philippines and then moved to the United States as a toddler.A statement from his wife Nicole reads: “Paul was a wonderful husband and father who was full of love, jokes, energy for life and always up for new adventures. I treasure all of our memories. God took you too soon and I would do anything to have one last hug and goodbye. I will miss having my best friend by my side. I love you always.”Megia’s father said that Paul was his best friend. He was most recently living with his parents. Taptejdeep Singh, 36Singh started employment with VTA in 2014 as a bus operator trainee, later becoming a light rail operator. Singh, a member of the Sikh community, had a wife, two small children and many family members, said his cousin, Bagga Singh.”We heard that he chose the people to shoot, but I don’t know why they chose him because he has nothing to do with him,” he said.Singh moved from India to the U.S. where he attended college, NBC News reported.Fellow VTA employee Sukhvir Singh, who is not related to Singh, said in a statement that he had received a phone call from Singh to warn him about the shooter.He issued the following statement:”Taptejdeep called me to warn me that there was an active shooter in Building B and to go hide or get out immediately. He told me he was with Paul, another victim, at the time. From what I’ve heard, he spent the last moments of his life making sure that others — in the building and elsewhere — would be able to stay safe. Because of him, so many people were able to go home to their families. We will never forget how he lived to the highest ideals of Sikhi in a moment of crisis, and my prayers are with his family and the families of all those who lost loved ones in this horrific attack.”Singh’s brother, Karman Singh, released this statement on the family’s behalf:”We are beyond devastated by the loss of Taptejdeep, a beloved father, husband, brother, son, and nephew. He was a wonderful person who was committed to serving others at work and in his free time.We take some measure of comfort in what we have learned from eyewitnesses and others: Taptejdeep spent his final moments trying to keep others safe. From what we have heard, he reacted quickly to get colleagues into secure offices, and was frantically calling others who would have been coming in for a shift change to warn them about the shooter. We understand that he was attempting to secure his building when he was killed.Even in these moments of chaos, Taptejdeep was living by the values of Sikhi: living in service and protection of others. We believe that if the shooter had ever asked our brother for help, Taptejdeep would have gone above and beyond for him like he did for everyone he crossed paths with; he never harmed anyone, and no one who knew him would ever want to harm him. We choose to remember Taptejdeep as the hero he was, both in those final moments and throughout his life of service.Mr. Singh was 36 years old and had worked as a VTA light rail operator for at least 8 years. He was born in Punjab, India and came to California with his parents about 17 years ago. Mr. Singh is survived by a grieving family, including his wife and children (a 3-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter).”Timothy Romo, 49Romo was with VTA for over 20 years and was an overhead line worker. Romo lived in Tracy, neighbor Keith Baldwin told The San Francisco Chronicle.He had been planning to visit a son and grandchild during a vacation, he said.Another neighbor, Nancy Martin, described Romo as “a very friendly man, always ready to help you out.” Romo grew up in Greenfield on the Central Coast, where his family still lives, sister station KSBW reported.Romo’s father was a former Greenfield mayor and police chief.At a news conference Thursday, Valley Transportation Authority officials spoke about the workers who were killed.”We get up every morning safe in the belief that when we go to work, that we would come home to our family and our loved ones. That did not happen for Abdolvahab, Adrian, Alex, Jose, Lars, Michael, Paul, Taptejdeep and Timothy. Some of us get training on what to do when there is an active shooter event. But not about the aftermath,” said acting General Manager and CEO Evelynn Tran. Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez said that two relief funds, a Working Partnerships USA fund and an ATU Disaster Relief Fund, will help families of the victims. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The shooting at a San Jose rail yard on Wednesday took place in two buildings and killed nine employees who had been bus and light rail operators, mechanics, linemen and an assistant superintendent over the course of their careers. Their ages ranged from 29 to 63. One had worked for the Valley Transportation Authority since 1999.

The ninth victim who died was previously hospitalized in critical condition after the shooting. The Santa Clara County’s medical examiner-coroner identified him late Wednesday as Alex Ward Fritch, 49.

Here’s what we know about the victims in the San Jose shooting:

Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63

Alaghmandan worked at VTA for about 20 years as a substation maintainer.

VTA

Abdolvahab Alaghmandan

Adrian Balleza, 29

Balleza started with VTA as a bus operator trainee in 2014. He later became a maintenance worker and light rail operator.

Adrian Balleza

Alex Ward Fritch, 49

Fritch started as a substation maintainer.

Alex Ward Fritch

Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35

Hernandez started his employment with VTA in 2012 as a transit mechanic. He later became an electro-mechanic and then a substation maintainer.

Jose Hernandez III

His ex-wife told NBC News that he was the calmest, most level-headed person she has known and that he dedicated his life to “worshipping the Lord and just helping people.”

Despite their divorce in August, her younger brother remained “best friends” with him, she said.

Lars Kepler Lane, 63

Lane started working for VTA in 2001 as an electro-mechanic and later became an overhead line worker.

Lane loved golf, biking and barbecuing and coached Little League for nearly 20 years, his wife of more than two decades, Vicki Lane, told People magazine.

Lars Kepler Lane

Lars Lane is survived by three adult sons, Vicki Lane’s daughter, and four grandchildren, she told the magazine.

The family was planning to barbeque in Sacramento over the weekend for Lane’s 64th birthday ahead of a vacation for the two of them in Maui, she said.

“He always put me first,” she told People.

Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40

Rudometkin started working with VTA in 2013 as a mechanic, later becoming an electrical mechanic then an overhead line worker.

San Jose City Councilman Raul Peralez said Rudometkin was a close friend.

Michael Rudometkin

“There are no words to describe the heartache we are feeling right now, especially for his family,” he wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

Cousin Christina Gonzalez said that Rudometkin was a proud union member who loved his job and “just always stood up for everyone’s rights.”

Rudometkin was originally from San Jose and lived in Santa Cruz, she said.

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Paul Megia, 42

Megia started his VTA employment in 2002 as a bus operator trainee, later becoming a light rail operator, transportation supervisor, transit division supervisor and ultimately an assistant superintendent in service management.

Paul Megia

Megia was married and had three children, his mother and father told KCRA 3. His family had been planning to go to Disneyland this weekend.

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He was born in the Philippines and then moved to the United States as a toddler.

A statement from his wife Nicole reads: “Paul was a wonderful husband and father who was full of love, jokes, energy for life and always up for new adventures. I treasure all of our memories. God took you too soon and I would do anything to have one last hug and goodbye. I will miss having my best friend by my side. I love you always.”

Megia’s father said that Paul was his best friend. He was most recently living with his parents.

Taptejdeep Singh, 36

Singh started employment with VTA in 2014 as a bus operator trainee, later becoming a light rail operator.

Taptejdeep Singh

Singh, a member of the Sikh community, had a wife, two small children and many family members, said his cousin, Bagga Singh.

“We heard that he chose the people to shoot, but I don’t know why they chose him because he has nothing to do with him,” he said.

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Singh moved from India to the U.S. where he attended college, NBC News reported.

Fellow VTA employee Sukhvir Singh, who is not related to Singh, said in a statement that he had received a phone call from Singh to warn him about the shooter.

He issued the following statement:

“Taptejdeep called me to warn me that there was an active shooter in Building B and to go hide or get out immediately. He told me he was with Paul, another victim, at the time. From what I’ve heard, he spent the last moments of his life making sure that others — in the building and elsewhere — would be able to stay safe. Because of him, so many people were able to go home to their families. We will never forget how he lived to the highest ideals of Sikhi in a moment of crisis, and my prayers are with his family and the families of all those who lost loved ones in this horrific attack.”

Singh’s brother, Karman Singh, released this statement on the family’s behalf:

“We are beyond devastated by the loss of Taptejdeep, a beloved father, husband, brother, son, and nephew. He was a wonderful person who was committed to serving others at work and in his free time.

We take some measure of comfort in what we have learned from eyewitnesses and others: Taptejdeep spent his final moments trying to keep others safe. From what we have heard, he reacted quickly to get colleagues into secure offices, and was frantically calling others who would have been coming in for a shift change to warn them about the shooter. We understand that he was attempting to secure his building when he was killed.

Even in these moments of chaos, Taptejdeep was living by the values of Sikhi: living in service and protection of others. We believe that if the shooter had ever asked our brother for help, Taptejdeep would have gone above and beyond for him like he did for everyone he crossed paths with; he never harmed anyone, and no one who knew him would ever want to harm him. We choose to remember Taptejdeep as the hero he was, both in those final moments and throughout his life of service.

Mr. Singh was 36 years old and had worked as a VTA light rail operator for at least 8 years. He was born in Punjab, India and came to California with his parents about 17 years ago. Mr. Singh is survived by a grieving family, including his wife and children (a 3-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter).”


Timothy Romo, 49

Romo was with VTA for over 20 years and was an overhead line worker.

timothy romo

Romo lived in Tracy, neighbor Keith Baldwin told The San Francisco Chronicle.

He had been planning to visit a son and grandchild during a vacation, he said.

Another neighbor, Nancy Martin, described Romo as “a very friendly man, always ready to help you out.”

Romo grew up in Greenfield on the Central Coast, where his family still lives, sister station KSBW reported.

Romo’s father was a former Greenfield mayor and police chief.


At a news conference Thursday, Valley Transportation Authority officials spoke about the workers who were killed.

“We get up every morning safe in the belief that when we go to work, that we would come home to our family and our loved ones. That did not happen for Abdolvahab, Adrian, Alex, Jose, Lars, Michael, Paul, Taptejdeep and Timothy. Some of us get training on what to do when there is an active shooter event. But not about the aftermath,” said acting General Manager and CEO Evelynn Tran.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez said that two relief funds, a Working Partnerships USA fund and an ATU Disaster Relief Fund, will help families of the victims.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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