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The reports of layoffs at SiPort, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company that prompted killing of three executives are wrong, according to a statement issued by the company. Last week Silicon Valley was shocked by the shooting of three SiPort executive by alleged killer, Jing Hua Wu who is currently under arrest by the Santa Clara Police Department. He was terminated individually and not as part of a general layoff.

Update: The reports of layoffs at SiPort, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company that prompted killing of three executives are wrong, according to a statement issued by the company. Like me, everyone assumed that there were layoffs and that led to the shooting. Last week Silicon Valley was shocked by the shooting of three SiPort executive by alleged killer, Jing Hua Wu who is currently under arrest by the Santa Clara Police Department. Wu was terminated individually and not as part of a general layoff.

A spokesperson for one of SiPort’s investors Morgenthaler Ventures wrote to me in an email: “SiPort has never had a general layoff at the company and in fact, the company added to its staff in 2008. SiPort started shipping their HD Radio chips earlier this year and the customers seem to really like it. We were not laying people off.” The shooting killed CEO Sid Agrawal; Brian Pugh, VP of operations; and Marilyn Lewis, who was the human resources manager. SiPort Founder Aiman Kabakibo has taken over as the CEO.

Updated with new information from SiPort: SiPort has established a memorial fund for the victims of last Friday’s fatal shootings with the agreement of the bereaved families. Funds raised will go toward supporting charitable causes identified by the families of Sid Agrawal (CEO), Brian Pugh (vice president of operations) and Marilyn Lewis (human resources manager). Checks should be made out to Silicon Valley Community Foundation, noting “SiPort Memorial Fund” in the memo line and mailed to 3255 Scott Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Contributions are tax deductible.

By Om Malik

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  1. [...] Killer Missed His Target November 17, 2008 Posted by John Furrier in Technology. trackback Regarding the SiPort shooting I have it on good reports that the killer missed his target. There have been inaccurate reports on [...]

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  2. [...] According to GigaOM, the person responsible for the shooting at SiPort was not laid off as part of the layoffs. Jing Hua Wu, who shot three executives at the Santa Clara based company, was terminated individually. In fact, SiPort had no plans to conduct layoffs from the company, nor will it conduct them in the future, according to their spokesperson. [...]

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  3. Sad, now he has destroyed his family and the victims’ families all for a job.

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  4. [...] Just picked this up from Pat Phelan’s update on Facebook. A press release issued by a company in which there were horrific and tragic shootings recently, in America. The focus of the press release seems more concerned with stating that the company is ok and no layoffs were ever the case in the company’s history than it is with addressing the incredibly sad and unfortunate events resulting in the death of its employees. Personally I don’t imagine that many really care how the company is doing in this context. Read more… [...]

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  5. [...] reports that the alleged killer’s rampant shootings at SiPort had not been triggered by layoffs as some news reports claimed, but by individual [...]

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  6. [...] layoff. Wu is currently in custody and underinvestigation by the Santa Clara Police Dept. In an email sent to Om Malik by SiPort’s investors Morgenthaler Ventures said: SiPort has never had a general layoff at the [...]

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  7. Sadder that the company would issue a release in that tone – never mind our colleagues, the company’s doing fine; please buy our HD radio chips.

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  8. employees are often thought of as expendible commodities by their employers. . .Wu’s life could’ve been in total shambles prior to being laid off…and fired took it to a whole new level. The employer could care less that they are really just toying with employee’s life and well-being and when they can just fire someone .. they need to be aware that there will be possible reliation. Cause and Effect. It’s just the world we live in to day that everyone feels they have a right to do anything they want..including gunning down the people that fired you. Everything is justifable. The good thing is Wu was caught. . but I bet you he’s let off “easy” due to temporary insanity.. .regardless if it was a premeditated shooting (which was brilliant. . call a meeting to those that fired you..). Wu will get off with a slap on the wrist (temp insanity) because our judicial systems simply does not work. Lawyers will prove that Wu never received poor performance ratings prior to being fired and maybe even prove that Wu’s firing was not justifiable. But who knows. . time will tell. Just one word of advise. .NEVER attend meetings on time .. show up LATE!

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    1. I agree – people are so blinded by greed that they will treat people like animals to preserve their bonus, their stock price, or save something totally meaningless like corporate earnings – relative to human lfe.

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  9. Please, please, please, please, please do a little homework before you blog on this. You are doing real harm to people who have been traumatized. The press release is here http://furrier.org/2008/11/17/siport-shooting-killer-missed-his-target/. Please read it and put the victims’ families and the surviving employees and their families in your prayers.

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