— Adrian Balleza, 29, started as a bus operator trainee in 2014 and later worked as a maintenance worker and light rail operator.
— Alex Ward Fritch, 49, was a substation maintainer.
— Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35, begin in 2012 as a transit mechanic and then became an electro-mechanic and later on a substation maintainer.
— Lars Kepler Lane, 63, started in 2001 as an electro-mechanic and went on to become an overhead line worker.
— Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40, started in 2013 as a VTA mechanic, later worked as an electro- mechanic and then an overhead line worker.
— Paul Delacruz Megia, 42, started in 2002 as a bus operator trainee, became a light rail operator, transportation supervisor, transit division supervisor and finally an assistant superintendent in service management.
— Taptejdeep Singh, 36, started in 2014 as a bus operator trainee and later became a light rail operator.
— Timothy Michael Romo, 49, served over 20 years as an overhead line worker.
Victim spent his final moments protecting others
Singh was a member of the Sikh community, a statement from his family said.
“We are beyond devastated by the loss of Taptejdeep, a beloved father, man, broer, seun, and nephew,” his brother, Karman Singh, in 'n verklaring gesê. “He was a wonderful person who was committed to serving others at work and in his free time.”
The brother went on to say they found out from eyewitnesses that Singh 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,” lui die verklaring.
“We understand that he was attempting to secure his building when he was killed,” dit het bygevoeg.
Taptejdeep Singh was born in Punjab, Indië, and moved to California with his parents roughly 17 jare terug, a statement from the family said.
He is survived by his wife, 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter, het die gesin gesê.
A beloved friend
San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez remembered his friend, Rudometkin, and said he had spent time with the family.
“Ek, Ongelukkig,get to know personally how these nine families have felt last night, this morning with just a sense of disbelief, with a hope that your loved one is still going to come home,” Peralez said.
“And know that that’s just never going to happen again,” hy het bygevoeg.
The past day, Peralez said, gewees het “painstaking and heartbreaking.”
A superintendent remembers the victims
Naunihal Singh, the superintendent of the light rail yard, said he supervised many of the victims and shared an office with Megia. His direct reports were Singh and Balleza.
“I’m that unfortunate leader who lost my VTA family members,” hy het gesê. “Words are not enough to justify the pain we are all going through.”
He said Megia always accepted all of his requests with a smile and was “always willing to help his employees.”
Balleza, hy het gesê, was “very kindhearted.”
The victims tried to save others “while going through that chaotic situation,” the superintendent added.
Hendricks, the VTA board chair, said he has spoken to the families of all nine victims, toevoeging “all the families are in pain, but we are here to help.”
“We want all of our employees to know we are all grieving together and we want to do everything we possibly can to support each other. If today or in the coming days you need to stop, talk with a coworker, take some quiet time, doen dit. Whatever your emotions, the pain, sorrow, anger, liefde, vrae, these are all normal,” hy het bygevoeg.