San Jose shooting victims remembered as loving, kind-hearted, heroic

Joanna Estrada
May 28, 2021

Nine navy blue uniform caps sat above nine photos of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority employees killed in a San Jose rail yard as loved ones and community members gathered at the City Hall on Thursday to remember the latest victims of a mass shooting.

"What the hell is wrong with us, and when are we going to come to grips with this?" said California Governor Gavin Newsom at a press conference, where he praised the swift response of law enforcement.

Indian-origin Sikh Taptejdeep Singh, who was among the nine people killed in the latest horrific mass shooting incident in the USA, has been hailed as a hero who lived by the values of service and protection of others, his family members said, as they tried to find comfort hearing how he spent his final moments helping his colleagues to safety.

The gunman is dead, according to Deputy Russell Davis of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

"I never believed him, and it never happened".

Sheriff Laurie Smith said the suspected gunman, 57-year old Samuel Cassidy, appears to have targeted the victims: "We do know that he confronted one person and said, 'You know, I like you, get out of here, ' and then went to the next. We can, and we must, do more".

A shooting was reported at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) facility in San Jose, Calif., May 26, 2021.

Cassidy was a VTA employee, according to Davis. The authority's chair Glenn Hendricks called the shooting a "horrible tragedy". Special agent Craig Fair warned the "fairly sizable crime scene" would take a significant amount of time to process.

All nine were shot and killed while at work, at the Valley Transportation Authority, allegedly by a coworker.

San Jose police were also investigating a house fire believed to be linked to the shooting. His ex-wife, Cecilia Nelms, says he struggled with his anger during their 10-year marriage.

An ex-girlfriend additionally accused him of raping and abusing her, often during violent "mood swings", according to cour t records cited by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Liccardo did not specify the exact location, but tweets from the San Jose Fire Department state that firefighters responded to a fire at the home in the 1100 block of Angmar Court in San Jose at 6:36 a.m. local time. The city is about 52 miles southeast of San Francisco.

Mass shootings have occurred in recent months at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, an office building in California, a grocery store in Colorado and at several spas in Atlanta.

San Jose's loss was the 232nd shooting where at least four people were injured this year, according to a tally by the Gun Violence Archive.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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