Vigil held for Metro bus operator Alan Thomas

A vigil was held Monday evening in West Hollywood for slain Metro bus operator Alan Thomas, who was shot and killed by a passenger on Sunday morning while driving the 105 line bus. Many dozens of Alan’s colleagues at Metro attended, as did several members of his family.

Alan, 51, enjoyed working different bus lines out of Metro’s Division 2 in downtown Los Angeles — Division 2 serves West Hollywood, West L.A., South L.A., Compton, Long Beach and other areas — and had worked for Metro for nearly five years. He was a graduate of Jefferson High School in Los Angeles, handily beat many of his colleagues at dominoes and in his spare time rebuilt cars — mostly recently restoring a 1972 Chevy.

He is survived by his wife Debbie and his four sons and one daughter, 10 grandchildren and his mother and stepfather.

Here is a nice segment on Alan and the vigil by KABC-TV reporter Leanne Suter:

And here is a report from Fox:

“A Computer Told Me To Shoot The Bus Driver”:

Members of Alan Thomas' family at last night's vigil. Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro.

5 replies

  1. I give my condolence to his family. And please keep us posted on the service.

  2. We will miss Mr. thomas div. 18 we all are in shock for this tragedy.

  3. Dear fellow Brother:
    God has welcome you in his kingdom, you are truly bless.
    Our condolence to your family, may God bless the also and give them strength to go thru this loss.