Family members speak about Cupertino shooting victims

October 6, 2011 6:09:21 PM PDT
Two victims of Wednesday's workplace shooting in Cupertino are continuing to recover from their wounds at Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

One of those victims, a female who has not been identified, is still in fair condition after suspect Shareef Allman attempted to carjack her vehicle five miles from the Lehigh Southwest Cement Plant in Cupertino.

Speaking through a hospital spokesperson, the victim said she was shot once in the arm, not in the leg as some reports had suggested.

On Thursday, ABC7 spoke with Fred Romero, the brother of another shooting victim who was upgraded from fair to good condition. Romero said his brother is still heavily sedated.

Romero also lost a brother, 51-year-old John Vallejos, following Wednesday's workplace shooting. Vallejos worked at the quarry for 30 years and was getting ready to retire.

"He was a man of faith," Romero said. "He was a man who continued to battle when he a productive citizen of this community. He was faithful to his company. He was a team leader over there, and unfortunately it's the team leaders that got taken out."

Vallejos left behind two children and five grandchildren. Romero said Vallejos' family is trying to forgive and trying to remember that Allman's family is grieving as well.

Romero said representatives from Lehigh Southwest visited their family at Valley Medical Center on Thursday. Lehigh has promised to cover the funeral expenses of the victims.


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