A California gentle-rail staff who survived a mass taking pictures in May possibly when a colleague killed 9 co-employees has died by clear suicide, police and agency officials explained.
Henry Gonzales, a paint and entire body employee for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, was found out lifeless by law enforcement in San Jose early Monday. His death is staying investigated as suicide, KTVU documented.
Gonzales, a married father of four and a 10-year VTA veteran, was in one of the properties at the San Jose rail property when fellow personnel Samuel Cassidy, 57, gunned down 9 of his colleagues on May 26 in advance of taking pictures himself in the head, KNTV described.
“With a large heart, we verify the passing of veteran VTA worker Henry Gonzales,” VTA officials said in a assertion. “This is a incredibly tough time for VTA personnel and their households, and we request privateness as we grieve the reduction of Henry though continuing to grapple with the decline of nine other co-staff who have been tragically killed in May well.”
The Santa Clara County medical examiner will establish Gonzales’ formal bring about and fashion of death. Foul enjoy is not suspected, police claimed.
Union officials stated Gonzales, who labored at the VTA’s Guadalupe Light Rail Lawn, was an government board member whose dying highlights the need for improved psychological overall health cure.
“Unfortunately, the VTA has taken no motion to deal with the grief, the mental health and fitness and the protection of their staff who have been underneath unfathomable, severe tension following this tragic taking pictures,” Amalgamated Transit Union Global president John Costa claimed in a assertion. “The VTA’s inaction is shameful and threatens the properly-getting of our Regional 265 users.”
Costa termed on VTA officers to give “immediate entry [to] the entire spectrum” of psychological health expert services, including inpatient care.
The VTA, in the meantime, denied Costa’s accusations, claiming officials have reached out to employees and their households with “multiple counseling and trauma means,” KTVU claimed.