- Recent Comments - Chatsworth Metrolink Crash - L.A. Times http://projects.latimes.com The latest user comments on en-us anonymous on September 12, 2010 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c37729 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c37729 Today is 2nd anniversary... and it doesn't get easier!! Sun, 12 Sep 2010 06:55:45 -0700 anonymous on June 6, 2010 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c30310 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c30310 Happy b'day Toolman Sun, 06 Jun 2010 02:51:16 -0700 Katie Aiani on March 8, 2010 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c22666 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c22666 Atul I knew you in High School and didn't keep in touch after. I knew I would hear about you later in life discovering the cure for cancer or running for president. One of the smartest people Ive ever had the honor to have known. You were always willing to help anyone who asked you. I will always remember your smile. Every time I hear a certain song that was played at your funeral I think of you and all your inspirations in life. My prayers go out to your family. I will never forget you. Mon, 08 Mar 2010 12:09:41 -0800 swati patel on September 12, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c17907 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c17907 Atul is very much missed by my son who was one of his best friends at CMC and by his many, many friends. He was intelligent,kind and happy .Our prayers are with his family on this day and always. Sat, 12 Sep 2009 01:30:20 -0700 Alison Wong on September 8, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c17806 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c17806 Atul was incredibly smart, kind hearted and compassionate. I will always remember him telling me to "keep on smiling" and his words of comfort. I miss Atul very much, and I am very lucky that I got to know him during our time together at CMC. Tue, 08 Sep 2009 02:42:04 -0700 Jan Grace on April 2, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c13337 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c13337 To the Vijay Family, My name is Jan Grace and I lost my husband in the crash and I live in Simi valley. I'm hoping that you check in with this site to know that a wonderful support group has been started right here in Simi-at the Senior Center on Sat. at 10.00 am. at no cost for all who experienced a loss. The first meeting was last week and I found it to be very helpful being with families who shared the same trgic loss. I hope you can join us also so as we can help each other in the healing process. Sincerely, JAN GRACE Thu, 02 Apr 2009 11:41:55 -0700 Donna & Roy Aiken on October 4, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c3559 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c3559 We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We didn't know Atul but it sounds like he was a wonderful person with a bright future. We also lost our son Christopher in the accident and know the sorrow you must be feeling. May the wonderful memories you have of him help sustain you. Sat, 04 Oct 2008 02:26:51 -0700 mey chao on October 1, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c3459 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c3459 Though we all may have lost someone who is a big part of our lives and our hearts and we are not able to replace or fill that emptyness that our love ones have taken with them when they left this world. but i hope that maybe we all can come together and allow each other to come into each others lives since i know that we all share the same pain. when my father passed in that metrolink 2008 crash my life has not been the same and its been very difficult, my father left behind his wife and 5 children and so many grand children, and we all miss and love him so much but talkin about him with my family and remembering all the good times we had with him helps us with our pain of losing him. so i just would like to let you all know i am here if you need to talk or just someone to listen to you. my email is chaomey82@gmail.com my hearts and prayers go out to you. Wed, 01 Oct 2008 10:14:30 -0700 Anthony Flores on September 24, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c3304 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c3304 I did not have the priviledge to meet Atul. However, I've known Vijay since we became friends while working at Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo, around 1995. He is a great engineer and someone who likes to share his knowledge. The Flores family prays for you and your loved ones. God Bless. Wed, 24 Sep 2008 09:04:13 -0700 Tracy and Megan Ordas on September 20, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c3118 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c3118 We are thinking of you lot's. So very sorry for your loss. You are in are prayers. We love you! Sat, 20 Sep 2008 09:51:50 -0700 Ruchi Dev on September 19, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2990 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2990 As a member of Indian community, I pray for Atul's family. Hope God gives them strength to cope up with their loss. Fri, 19 Sep 2008 10:06:52 -0700 Mey Chao on September 19, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2989 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2989 i know exactly how you feel, my father had passed in that accident, i will pray for him and the whole family. HUGS Fri, 19 Sep 2008 09:57:39 -0700 Renee Tseytlin on September 18, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2904 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2904 Atul was the most humble, generous, and intelligent human being I've had the pleasure with whom to be acquainted. His impact on my life, though I knew him only briefly, is truly deeply felt. All the afternoons and weekends we spent in aca deca will be remembered and treasured. Thank you for making me a friend Atul. I miss you. Thu, 18 Sep 2008 07:54:07 -0700 Joseph Muniz, on September 18, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2897 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2897 Atul helped bring everyone around him up to his level. I'll miss the days of high school that seem like they were not so long ago. He was a great friend and amazing person. I'm saddened by the loss but find peace knowing he is in a better place looking down on us and making sure we continue to strive. Each of us now has another angel above us keeping us strong for the rest of our lives. Rest in peace to my friend. Thu, 18 Sep 2008 07:23:28 -0700 hagos on September 18, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2895 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2895 Vijay: So sorry that you have to bear this loss. I don't have word to express. I am very sorry to hear about this. I will remember you in my prayer the good lord to give you strength. Thu, 18 Sep 2008 07:01:08 -0700 Rizwana & Sher Khan on September 18, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2764 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2764 Ruby & Vijay: So sorry that you have to bear this loss.Losing a shining star so early in life is no small matter. I last recall Atul when he was still in Middle school. This loss is so sudden.Pray that you both, Aseem and the rest of the family,able to overcome this tragic loss. Thu, 18 Sep 2008 01:44:38 -0700 Ashley Kaye on September 17, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2679 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2679 I always thought that one day I would pick up a newspaper and read about a discovery or a huge breakthrough that Atul achieved. Instead, I read about his sad, untimely death. Even though I only knew him in high school, he left an impression on me. He was a year behind me in school, yet I admired so many of his qualities. He had so much to offer this world and I am incredibly shocked by his death. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. You will certainly be missed. Wed, 17 Sep 2008 03:55:04 -0700 The City of San Pedro, CA on September 17, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2651 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2651 Our condolences to the Vyas family. May the Lord be with you, especially during this difficult time. Wed, 17 Sep 2008 02:05:40 -0700 Phil Trapp on September 17, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2639 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2639 Atul was a modern day Renaissance man. The kid was, as some would say, "the classroom starter." On nights (mornings) before tests, even if he were reading the material for the first time, Atul exuded a quiet, humble, contagious confidence that reflected both his intellectual prowess but I think more importantly his healthy perspective on life. He was funny. As lab partners, he LW and I used to synthesize to Tupac - unconventional to say the least. I think we wierded out other kids as we rapped lyrics of "I Ain't Mad at Cha" in tandem while trying to follow the difficult lab procedures. We once formulated a plan to break into the lab at night and make our own protein powder. No wonder - Atul had become a disciplined, jacked athlete throughout his college career. He had heart. The kind of heart that is rare in a person: strong yet gentle and steadfast. He knew how to do well, and do well with grace. In social circles Atul was the kid who, when he showed up at a party, everybody just smiled. Everybody that knew him loved him. The world truly lost a good one that day. We all owe it to Atul, but also to ourselves, to remember him and strive to achieve as he would, to treat people as he would. I love you Atul, I'll miss you forever buddy. We'll never forget you friend. Wed, 17 Sep 2008 01:01:13 -0700 Omar Masood on September 17, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2637 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2637 [cont] In the weeks and months that passed, I (quite fortunately) didn't get to spend as much time as I would have liked with Atul but would catch up with him whenever we'd run into each other on campus or at the gym. Not only was Atul managing to 'get through' the semester, he was excelling in his academics and had even managed to get a research position-no mean feat, especially for someone who had been at McGill for only a few months. It was good to see that he was settling in well and accomplishing the goals he had set for himself. The last time I saw Atul was right before my graduation ceremony in May. I still remember noticing that the friends he made here still pronounced his name as A-TOOL instead of Atul (the U & L being pronounced similar to the U & L in the word 'full'.) I asked him why he hadn't corrected anybody in the time he had been here; 'Ah, it's okay son. I don't really mind. Whatever is easy for everyone here,' he said to me. It was hard not to like the guy. That was the kind of guy he was; so accommodating, not worrying about petty things. It speaks volumes about the man's character that his roommates had gotten closer to him in 4 months than they had ever been to each other in the 4 years they had lived together. It's so unfair for this to have happened to him. There are tons of other people on this planet who do not deserve to be here and it's an unforgivable tragedy that someone so gifted (I hear he was interviewing for those grad school spots he was working towards at MIT and Harvard.) as Atul is not with us today. My deepest condolences go out to the family. You'll always be in my prayers. I'm a poorer man for not having spent more time with you when you were in Montreal and the world is a poorer place now that you're gone. Rest in peace my friend. God Bless. Omar Masood B. Engineering, Chemical Engineering McGill University, 2008 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 12:54:16 -0700 Omar Masood on September 17, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2636 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2636 I met Atul when he first came to Mcgill as an exchange student earlier this year. Our close friends were desperately on the lookout for a fourth person to take up one of the empty rooms in their apartment and were dreading having to fork out the considerable extra money for a room that they were not going to use. In came Atul, almost like a god-send, to save these hapless chaps from the turmoil of lighter wallets and ailing bank accounts. On his first night in, the boys and the rest of us decided to go out and show this kid from the West coast the famous Montreal night-life. It wasn't hard to see that Atul was extremely intelligent. I still remember our first conversation; Atul spoke in calm and reserved tones-it was quite evident that he put a lot of thought into what he said and it all was completely genuine. It was what he said to me later that night, however, that will remain as my ever-lasting memory of the guy and made me admire him. In my experience, when you're in a new place and with new people, you tend to do one of two things; One, you close up in a shell and don't really express yourself for the fear that you'll reveal too much or Two; you put yourself out there and get people to know you and judge for themselves whether or not they would like to be friends with you. I'm glad Atul went with the second option. 'I'm here on a scholarship. Hopefully I'll be able to work hard enough to ace my MCATs and get a free ride for grad school. It's not going to be easy: all the places I want to go to are really tough to get into. I'm kinda worried though-you guys seem like you really like to party hard, it doesn't look like I'm gonna be able to make it through to the end of this semester,' he revealed to me that night. I still don't know why he opened up to me; maybe he felt he could because we were of the same cultural background or maybe he thought I was a good listener. At this point, it's really irrelevant because, in that moment, I had come to admire the man. (cont) Omar Masood B. Engineering, Chemical Engineering McGill University, 2008 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 12:52:37 -0700 Seema Ullal on September 17, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2634 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2634 As many people before me have remarked, people like Atul are rare. Not only was he incredibly brilliant, the kind of genius that you only meet a few times in your life, but he was also, sociable, funny, and easy going. I participated in Mock Trial and Speech and Debate with Atul in high school and remember realizing that what took other people days and weeks to accomplish took Atul only hours. Yet despite his many talents, Atul was always friendly and smiling. I did not see him much after he graduated two years before I did, just during vacations and on weekends when we were both at the gym. Yet even after his graduation, teachers continued to speak about him with admiration. He truly touched the lives of everyone around him and he will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his parents, Aseem, and the rest of his family and friends. The world lost someone with tremendous potential and great promise. Wed, 17 Sep 2008 12:41:28 -0700 Stephanie Benavente on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2503 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2503 I just found out a few hours ago that my friend, Atul, was one of the victims in the train accident that I encountered as I made my way towards the 118 from Chatsworth. I was completely anaware that my friend was involved. I have a picture of us together on graduation day here next to me. There are so many memories of him flooding back now; they overwhelm me to tears. We shared a lot of the same friends seeing as how we shared the same Music class & were aquainted with the same social network. I miss him so much. My heart won't believe that he's gone, because it's where he lives now. In my heart & in my memories. I am truely greiving his loss & i'm sure many of our shared friends are too. Atul, I will keep your family in my prayers. I miss you so much... Tue, 16 Sep 2008 11:05:45 -0700 Ajay Ullal on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2457 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2457 My first extended experience with Atul was during elementary School at Vista where we used to carpool together to GATE (Gifted and Educated Education). Although I did not know him that well back then I realized even then that he was brilliant and a truely special individual. We went our seperate ways during middle school and I didn't get to know Atul really well till High School at Santa Su. During High School, Atul easily aced every class he took without much effort. Things just came easy for him while the rest of us struggled. But Atul's genius transcended the classroom. He was an accomplished musician (saxaphone), free-style rapper, human jukebox, competitive eater (he could eat his lunch and yours), and pick-up basketball player. But beyond that which was tangible, Atul had several qualities that made him beyond all else a great friend. He was a great listener and even better at giving advice. The thing that made Atul stand out the most to me was his smile, something which was constant throughout the rollercoaster of high school. When we went to college, we saw each other less frequently, usually only during vacations at the Gym. In college Atul became very physically fit and athletic but he remained the same jovial prankster he was in high school. I am so glad that I got to spend an evening with Atul just 2 weeks before he passed away. It was the first time I had seen him in months and he was joking around as always; little did I know it would be the last time I would see him. The sad thing is that the only thing that could probably make his friends feel better at a time like this would be seeing Atul's smile again; it had a unique ability to brighten up a room. My prayers are with his family, especially Aseem, somebody who Atul looked up to. I will never forget the memories I shared with Atul. He has forever changed the lives of all those who he came in contact with. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 09:18:00 -0700 A friend's family... on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2407 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2407 I had the pleasure of meeting Atul a few times. Everything kind word mentioned about Atul is so true. I was so impressed by his kindness, wit and intellectual drive. My last memories of him are from a scholarship awards ceremony and then at high school graduation, where he spoke so highly of his parents in his Valedictorian speech. I never forgot him. I was stunned when our son told us about his passing. It is so difficult to understand this terrible loss. It is a loss to all who knew him, those would have been touched by him in the future... and especially by his family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his parents, brother and entire family. You shared an amazing son with all of us. We pray you are able to find some peace, especially knowing how much he was loved by so many and all of the lives he touch during his time with here with us. God bless you! Tue, 16 Sep 2008 06:32:33 -0700 anonymous on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2329 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2329 i grew up with atul and his family two houses down from mine. we had the best childhood together, playing in their garage and running around on the street playing basketball and football. he was always so happy and had that smile on his face... ill never forget that smile. he was truely brillant. my heart goes out to his family, they are all great people just like him. i still can't believe it. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 03:43:52 -0700 jenalee marsters on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2290 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2290 everything that has been said about atul is true. he was a great person and full of so much potential. everyone who knew him was proud to be his friend knowing his accomplishments or even what we thought he would succeed with in the future. my heart and prayers go to aseem and all those who loved Atul. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 02:07:46 -0700 Roxana Rezai on September 16, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2276 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2276 I really don't know what to say other then that I will greatly miss Atul. And when I think of all the fond memories from high school he will be right there. In all of our band classes, speech and debate clubs and school activities he was allways there with a smile. Atul was not just a great guy but a great person. Never in my life have I ever met someone so intelectual, wise, funny, humble, out going, just an overall great person. He was younger then me but I always looked up to him, he carried all the characteristics that I strive for and I admire. I can honestly say that when I look back and I can not think of one negative thing to say about him. He truly was a great friend, a great guy and a great person. He always stayed true to himself no matter who he was with and when you talked to him, you knew was going to do wounderful things with his life. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. It really saddens me how such a great person has been taken from this earth but I know God took him because he needed him up there with him by his side. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 01:27:57 -0700 Claudia in Ventura County,Ca on September 15, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2113 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2113 *my heart goes out to all of you who lost a loved one. * I find myself glued to the screen, listening and reading repeatedly the sad stories of the tragic train accident of Friday. My eyes well up with tears, my heart aches, and although I cannot personally relate to their families' pain, I feel a connection with all of them. You see, I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, just like many of the innocent souls that were lost that day. Unlike them however, I have another day on earth. Another breath to take. Another song to sing. Another person to hug. Another person to love. I have another day to live. and I realize how truly blessed I am. This has truly opened my eyes. I have decided to take advantage of each moment I have from this day forward. I will not waste another day. I know many people including myself, always repeat this quote over and over: "Live life to the fullest, life is too short" but how many of us actually practice that? How many moments of our precious lives to we spend on being negative to others, and to ourselves? How many opportunities do we let pass us by because "there's always tomorrow"? How many times to you make the effort to put a smile on someone's face? how many times do we stop and smell the roses? I am negligent in all of the above. The tragic accident has been a blessing in disguise for me. I am fully committed to being a better person in all aspects of my life. The one and only thing that is guaranteed to us is Death. Because I understand this, I will make sure that when its my time to go I am the person God intended me to be. and in the process, I hope my dreams are fulfilled and I hope to leave a mark in everyone's heart. I refuse to surrender any second of my life to negativity. I will count my blessings every chance I get. So to all those beautiful souls that are now watching us from Heaven, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You did not leave in vain. Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:48:10 -0700 Dena Slonaker on September 15, 2008 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2098 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/atul-vyas/#c2098 If things happen for a reason, then surely your darling Atul is there in heaven as a star to light our way. I only knew him,Aseem and lovely Ruby briefly during Santa Sue, occasionally having the priviledge of driving the boys to and fro with my son Charlie. Aseem led the way for his brother. We both are shocked but grateful to have known this bright, shining, stellar young man. Heartfelt condolences and peace to Atul's entire family. Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:20:19 -0700