Jacob Hefter, 18
Died: September 12, 2008
He was always trying to stay one step ahead of me. . . . He was a teachers' dream.
— Ed Vega, former teacher
Jacob Hefter, a 2008 graduate of Palmdale High School, was a student at Cal State Long Beach. A star student, he was considering a career in sports medicine. Hefter was heading to Simi Valley to meet his girlfriend when the train crashed.
Keep in mind
- The Times initially mispelled the name of Michael Hammersley and Beverly Mosley.
- The coroner's office reported a 26th victim the afternoon of Sept. 15, but a few hours later said the tally was 25.