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.”
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