WATCH: Kelowna transit bus drivers honour slain passenger with 60 second stop of silence
On Saturday at 10:00 a.m., all transit buses in Kelowna will pull to the side of the road for a one minute stop of silence.
It’s to honour the memory of Caesar Rosales, 55, who was murdered on a city transit bus last week in what police say was a random and unprovoked attack.
Rosales’ funeral starts at the same time in Vancouver where he used to live before moving about two years ago to work at Kelowna Flightcraft.
“Caesar was a long time bus rider and a good citizen of Kelowna. He certainly deserves the respect. We hope this will give us some sort of closure for the bus drivers and the passengers also,” says transit workers union spokesperson Les Milton.
The company running the Kelowna transit system agreed to the union proposal for the one minute stop.
“A lot of the drivers who recognize this fellow were interested in going to the funeral but because it’s in Vancouver they’re not able to. So we thought we would do something out of respect for Mr. Rosales,” says Kelowna Transit spokesperson Bill Harding.
Harding also endorsed another suggestion by the union.
“We asked to take the bus out of Kelowna because we didn’t think passengers needed to wonder if this is the machine,” says Milton.
The bus where the murder occurred left the city Thursday and will be put into service in another community.
Tyler Jack Newton, 23, is in custody charged with second-degree murder.