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Mayor Rich Tran Offers $10,000 Reward to Help Find Milpitas Man’s Killer in Freeway Shooting

This past Monday night, on June 17, Milpitas resident Matthew Rios was driving home on Interstate 680 when shots were fired at his car.

CHP officials found Rios unresponsive and declared him dead at the scene, his car in the center median, just north of Landess Ave. Rios was 30 years old.  

On Facebook, this past Wednesday night, Mayor Rich Tran wrote:

“Let’s bring justice for our #MilpitasFamily. I’m offering a $10,000 reward (non-taxpayer money, not associated with City of Milpitas) if you can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of who did this. We want justice.”


Let’s bring justice for our #MilpitasFamily. I’m offering a $10,000 reward (non-taxpayer money, not associated with City…

Posted by Mayor Rich Tran on Wednesday, June 19, 2019


When asked by The Milpitas Beat why he felt compelled to offer such a reward, Tran said, “With this tragedy that happened to our Milpitas family…it’s really important that we bring justice. In Milpitas, we don’t play.”

He also made mention of the fact that he has been in touch with others in the community who have been willing to contribute to this cause. “We have some really good people here in Milpitas,” said Mayor Tran. “As I make my way around town every single day, I’m fortunate to know many people with deep pockets…”  

Over the last week and a half, there have been half a dozen freeway shootings in the Bay Area. Three of them (Rios’ shooting included) have occurred in the South Bay. CHP officials are investigating.

CHP in San Jose is asking anyone with any information to call: 408-467-5400  


Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro is the winner of a 2022 Golden Quill Award for her Education journalism. She works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works mostly with nonprofit organizations and educational entities to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also the author of “Fierce Woman: Wake up your Badass Self” and “Magic Within: Womb-Centered Wisdom to Realize the Power of Your Sacred Feminine Self.” Her YouTube channel features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief.


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