Who is Taptejdeep Singh?
Taptejdeep Singh 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.
Taptejdeep Singh’s family said the married father of 2 was trying to warn colleagues that there was a shooter when he was gunned down.
“Even in the last moments, he wasn’t looking for his own safety, per se, he was trying to save people. That’s who he was,” his cousin said. pic.twitter.com/Ru3R5nD0Nl
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 27, 2021
How old was Taptejdeep Singh?
Taptejdeep Singh was 36 years old at the time of death.
Taptejdeep Singh San Jose
Taptejdeep Singh, known as Taptej Singh, was killed while telling his co-workers to hide, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
He is survived by his wife and their two young children.
His uncle, Sakhwant Dhillon, told the newspaper, “We are in very deep grief. He told people, ‘be careful, hide.’ He was running around the building to save others’ lives. He was a good person. He helped everybody.”
His brother told the Mercury News Singh was a hero, and said he “put a lady in a control room to hide.:
“He saved her and rushed down the stairway. He should have saved his life, too. We lost a good person.”
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.”
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
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.