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June 15, 2021

Greenfield native among victims of San Jose shooting

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield native was among the nine victims of Wednesday’s mass shooting at a light rail yard in San Jose, the City of Greenfield announced Thursday.

Timothy Michael Romo, 49, who worked at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) where the shooting occurred, was originally from Greenfield. He is the son of former Greenfield mayor and police chief Mike Romo and his wife Reggie.

“The City Council and City staff would like to extend their condolences to the family of Timothy Romo, who was a victim of the VTA shooting in San Jose on Wednesday,” the City of Greenfield stated on social media. “… Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you.”

According to Greenfield Mayor Lance Walker, Romo leaves behind his wife and three children, grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers, along with his parents.

“Thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who lost a loved one in yesterday’s senseless shooting,” Walker said in a Facebook post.

At about 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a gunman opened fire on coworkers at the VTA rail yard, killing nine people before killing himself. 

The other eight victims, who ranged in age from 29 to 63, were: Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; Adrian Balleza, 29; Alex Ward Fritch, 49; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35; Lars Kepler Lane, 63; Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; and Taptejdeep Singh, 36.

Those killed will be honored at a vigil Thursday night at San Jose City Hall.

(Image via VTA on Twitter)
Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.

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