Co-workers remember slain driver

August 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Chuck Everette, one of the victims of the double murder at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, is being sorely missed by drivers and others at Golden Gate Transit.

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The American flag was at half staff Wednesday in memory of Everette.

Inside the Golden Gate Highway and Transportation District building in San Rafael, his co-works took comfort talking about Everette.

"When I came in this morning to pick up my assignment, I had a hard time, I really had to pick up the pieces and go out and pull my run, I' m still choked up about it, but it was tough," co-worker Thomas Thomas said.

Everette had worked as a Golden Gate Transit bus driver for 17 years. He lived alone in an apartment complex in San Leandro.

His co-workers remember him as a hard worker and fun to be with.

"To me he was an inspiration in my life because he always had kind words to say and to everybody else," co-worker Robert Dorsey said.

Grief counseling is being offered to bus drivers and other employees.

"It's always in the back of your mind; it can happen anywhere, it can happen walking down the street, it's one of those things, it's what you deal with," Thomas said.

Everette was a church going man; in fact he was a deacon at Acts Full Gospel in Oakland. The other shooting victim, Debbie Ross, also attended this church.

Investigators will not discuss the nature of the relationship between Everette and Ross, but her sister says this was not a love triangle.

Everrette had gotten off work at 5:30 p.m. and gave Ross a ride to work.

The District will plan a memorial for Everrette once his family has been contacted.

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