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Light rail operator died a hero saving at least one life

A 36-year old light rail operator who died in a mass shooting at a transit yard in San Jose Wednesday is being remembered as a hero.

ABC7 News reports that Taptejdeep Singh is a husband and father of two.

He is one of 9 people killed by a gunman who later took his own life. Singh’s family says a co-worker told them he hid her in the control room away from the gunfire and that he also went on to try to save others.

“One lady he put in the control room to hide over here you know. He can go there too actually, but he just saved her and went towards downstairs,” says Taptejdeep’s brother Bagga Singh.

Authorities found Singh dead in the stairwell.

“We are in very deep grief,” said his uncle, Sakhwant Dhillon to the Mercury News. “He told people, ‘be careful, hide.’  He was running around the building to save others’ lives.”

Singh was born in India and had been working with the Valley Transportation Authority for 9 years.

“He should have saved his life, too. We lost a good person,” said Bagga.

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