A celebration of life for Eric McCaster, victim of last week’s light rail shooting, will be held Feb. 4 at the Sam Pannell Community Center, 2450 Meadowview Road. Shortly after, the burial will take place at Sacramento Memorial Lawn, 6100 Stockton Blvd.
The 51-year-old Sacramento resident was shot multiple times on an outbound Gold Line train Thursday Jan. 23 as he was finishing errands downtown. McCaster managed to exit the car before collapsing at the Archives Plaza station, where first responders pronounced him dead minutes later.
McCaster, a volunteer fighter and amateur wrestler, often used public transit to get food and medication for his sick mother, said nephew Brandon Littlejohn.
“He was the most organized man in the world,” said Littlejohn. “He was everybody’s rock and comic relief.”
Lynnsey Evakarla Braun, a 32-year-old transgender woman, is currently under investigation for homicide, though the motivation behind the shooting remains unknown. The incident was the first homicide aboard a train in Regional Transit history.
Next week’s services will be open to the public.
“He was such an upbeat and uplifting person,” said Littlejohn. “That’s why it’s hard to have a funeral service. He always was dancing, joking, smiling, laughing.”