Metrolink Crash Victims
Date: 9/16/2008 Album ID: 593174
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Some victims of the Metrolink crash in Chatsworth, California on Friday, September 12, 2008.
Spree Desha: Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Sharyn Buck, who worked with LAPD Officer Spree Desha at the North Hollywood Division, recalled a hard worker dedicated to the LAPD. Desha died on the Metrolink train.She was a really good officer, kinda quiet, Buck said. She works hard without fanfare. She doesn't need accolades. She just did her job.Desha was a training officer, acting as a mentor to new recruits, Buck said. She worked the morning watch at North Hollywood, before recently transferring to an administrative job downtown, working on a project to track where officers are deployed, Buck said.The mood at North Hollywood was somber, Buck said. Someone put up a makeshift memorial bouquet of flowers in front of the North Hollywood station. Desha's colleagues at North Hollywood heard about the crash during roll call, but hadn't heard about her being on the train, Buck said.Buck said that Desha had only last week begun taking the train from her Simi Valley home to downtown.She liked the train, Buck said. She had never taken the train.To read more about the Metrolink victims, go <a href=http://www.dailynews.com/ci_10470228>here</a>.
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Manuel Macias, 31-year-old yoga instructor from Santa Paula.  He was not only free-spirited, but he brought out the strength in other people, said Jackson Grisales, Manuel's brother-in-law. He was a happy person. He believed in staying away from negative thoughts.
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Jacob Hefter, 18, was previously a varsity golfer and valedictorian at Palmdale High School, and most recently a student at Cal State Long Beach, where he was a freshman.For everybody, it's just real hard, Sweeney said. Besides being afriend and a family friend, it makes you think of your own family, so itmakes it really hard. He was the most polite kid ... He's probably saying, 'Mom and Dad, I'm OK.'He was that way. He was that way with his parents. He was just a good kid.
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Dennis Arnold was a frequent Metrolink passenger and loved singing and playing music with his family almost every Sunday.
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Aido Magdaleno a 19-year-old CSUN sociology major.  Aida wanted to be a social worker.
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Doyle Souser, 56, lived in Camarillo, California.
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Paul Long loved the students in his English classes at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, the Sunday school students at his Moorpark church and especially his 16-year-old son, Devin.  Known for teaching or preaching with props, Long could be counted on to take a shovel, an Oreo cookie or running shoes into the classroom or church auditorium. Long picked the Bible verse that would be preached at Sunday's services at Life Spring Community Church weeks before he boarded that Metrolink train on Friday with his wife, Karen, and their son.  It was eerily prescient.  Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come, reads Matthew 24:42 from the New International Version. On Sunday, the church took up a collection to help the Long family with expenses. Church members also are pitching in by providing nightly meals for the family.
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Ron Grace, 55, took the Metrolink to and from his job as head counselor at Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale every day.  A devoted family man to sons Andrew (23) and Brian(19), Ron was an avid reader, sports fan, surfer, and golfer, who dedicated more than twenty years of his life teaching and counseling students at Roosevelt Middle School.
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Atul Vyas, 20, a college student, was going to his parents home in Simi Valley for a visit.
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An insurance salesman at the Los Angeles City Employees Club, Pompel left work early on Friday because he was feeling ill, a decision that put him aboard Metrolink Train 111. His family recalled his love of theater, and his skill at Scrabble and billiards. He is survived by his wife, three children and five grandchildren.
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