Who is Paul Delacruz Megia?
Paul Megia was one of the nine men who have been identified as the victims killed in a mass shooting at a San Jose light rail yard on May 26, 2021, in California. The victims all worked for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. They were shot dead when a co-worker opened fire during an early morning union meeting, authorities say. The victims range in age from 29 to 63. They were identified by the Santa Clara coroner’s office on May 27.
The VTA said in a statement, “We now have the names of the victims from Wednesday’s tragic attack at the Guadalupe Light Rail Yard.”.
At a press conference, officials displayed a poster board with photos of the nine victims and the words #VTAFamily. The VTA added, “Their families have been notified and are being provided with every resource we have available.
REMEMBERING THE VTA SHOOTING VICTIMS: Paul DelaCruz Megia, 42, is survived by his parents, two sisters and his three children. https://t.co/uk0IInqrFc
— KRON4 News (@kron4news) May 27, 2021
How old was Paul Megia?
Paul Megia was 42 years old at the time of death.
Paul Megia Obituary
Paul Megia was an assistant transportation superintendent for the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority, according to his LinkedIn profile. He had worked for the VTA in that position since 2012. According to KCRA, he started his career with the VTA as a bus operator trainee in 2002
He later worked as a light rail operator, transportation supervisor, and transit division supervisor.
— Justin Sullivan (@sullyfoto) May 28, 2021
Paul Megia Wife, Family
According to his family, Megia is survived by his wife and three children. They were planning to take a family trip to Disneyland the weekend after the shooting, his parents told KCRA. He and his family moved to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was a toddler, according to the news station.
His wife, Nicole, said in a statement, “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.”
San Jose Shooting Victims
VTA General manager and CEO Evelynn Tran said, “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.”
Taptejdeep Singh, known as Taptej Singh, was killed while telling his co-workers to hide, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Adrian Balleza was married and is survived by his wife and young their son, according to her Facebook page. He began his career as a bus operator trainee in 2014 and was later a light rail operator and maintenance worker, according to the VTA.