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A Public Vigil Honoring VTA Victims Will Be Held Tonight At San Jose City Hall

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

A Public Vigil Honoring VTA Victims Will Be Held Tonight At San Jose City Hall

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has invited the public to a vigil at 6:00pm.

The Bay Area was rocked by a mass shooting near downtown San Jose yesterday morning, when a VTA employee shot and killed 8 people and then himself at a VTA maintenance yard. A 9th victim died late Wednesday at the hospital. Details are still emerging about the story, but any members of the public are welcome to attend a public vigil at 6:00pm in front of San Jose City Hall.

The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; Adrian Balleza, 29; Alex Ward Fritch, 49; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35; Lars Kepler Lane, 63; Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; and Taptejdeep Singh, 36.

Working Partnerships USA, a Silicon Valley-based social services organization, has set up a fund to support the victims and their families. Learn about making a donation here.

President Biden and others took to Twitter to express their feelings about the tragedy and gun control reform. Vice President Harris, a Bay Area native, reportedly called San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo directly.

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The vigil at San Jose City Hall will happen tonight, Thursday May 27 at 6:00pm in the building’s front plaza.

 

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