San Jose: San José Mayor Marks One Year Since VTA Rail Yard Tragedy
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May 26, 2022

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Rachel Davis, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo,

SAN JOSE, CA– On May 26, 2021, a mass shooting occurred in San José at the VTA Rail yard, where an armed VTA employee opened fire on his colleagues, killing nine people before taking his own life. This senseless and horrific act was deplorable and unconscionable, forever altering the lives of the victims' families. San José Mayor Sam Liccardo released the following statement one year after the tragedy:

"One year ago, San José woke to what would become our City's darkest day: the worst mass shooting in the Bay Area's history. The devastating toll for too many of our community members included lost loved ones, dear friends, and valued colleagues.  May 26, 2021 irrevocably changed San José, and it stole something from each of us.  But in the days that followed, we pulled together as one community, supporting our friends and neighbors, uplifting the memories of those who have left us too soon, and carrying those still here through their journey to healing. Let's take a moment together to honor those community members we have lost, and to commit our support for their grief-stricken loved ones."

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View testimonials marking one year since the VTA rail yard tragedy here.


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With more than one million residents, San José comprises the 10th largest city in the United States, and one of its most diverse cities. San José's transformation into a global innovation center in the heart of Silicon Valley has resulted in the world's greatest concentration of technology talent and development.

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