The Metro family joins the greater L.A. region in mourning the death of Sandra Shells, 70, a veteran nurse at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center who died Sunday from injuries suffered in an attack last week at a bus stop near Union Station.
To honor Sandra Shells, Metro tonight and through Sunday will offer a tribute in blue lights on Union Station and the façade of Metro’s Division 13, located across the street from the location where the incident took place. We encourage all riders and community members to pause and reflect on the contributions of Sandra Shells and all healthcare providers to our local communities.
“I am devastated to learn that the LAC+USC nurse who was attacked at a Metro bus stop has succumbed to her injuries,” said Metro Board of Directors Chair and L.A. County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “As a frontline essential worker, she helped save countless lives throughout the pandemic and it is a heartbreaking loss to lose a hero. As Chair of the Metro Board of Directors, I will continue to push for an enhanced safety plan for riders and staff so we can prevent tragic incidents like this from happening again. I send my condolences to her family and the entire LAC+USC community.
“On behalf of Metro, I pass along our deepest condolences to family, friends and colleagues of Sandra Shells,” said Metro CEO Stephanie N. Wiggins. “The escalating violence in our region is disturbing and, sadly, sometimes occurs on our transit system. We are working on a heightened response to criminal activity on our system so that all riders can safely travel to essential jobs and other destinations.”
A male suspect in the attack on Sandra Shells has been taken into custody, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.