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Michael Rudometkin biography: 13 things about Samuel Cassidy’s VTA co-worker, Raul Peralez’s friend

Michael Joseph Rudometkin (©Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority)
Michael Joseph Rudometkin (©Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority)

Michael Joseph Rudometkin was an employee of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in San Jose, Santa Clara County, CaliforniaUnited States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He is Rose Rudometkin‘s son. (a)
  2. He was born and raised in Cupertino, Santa Clara County. Aside from Cupertino, he also lived in other parts of California including Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County and Shingle Springs, El Dorado County. (a) (b)
  3. His cousin Christina Gonzalez described him as a very good person. (c)
  4. He was a youth minister at Queen of Apostles Roman Catholic Church in San Jose. (a)
  5. He attended Hyde Middle School in Cupertino. (d)
  6. He met San Jose City Council member Raul Peralez at Hyde Middle School. Since then, they became friends and attended each other’s weddings. (d) (e)
  7. He played football at Cupertino High School. (a)
  8. He attended Evergreen Valley College in San Jose. (a)
  9. He worked at Frontier Ford in Santa Clara, Santa Clara County before he became a VTA employee. (a)
  10. In 2013, he started working for the VTA as a mechanic. He later became an electro-mechanic and then an overhead line worker. He was also a VTA union member. (a) (e)
  11. On December 29, 2017, he and Peralez celebrated the birthday of Peralez’s father at the Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose. (e)
  12. On May 25, 2021, he pulled the overnight shift. He was supposed to get off work at around 8:00 a.m. on May 26, 2021 but hours before that, VTA employee Samuel James Cassidy fatally shot him and eight other VTA employees. (d) (e)
  13. He died at the age of 40. (d)

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(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)

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