Every year on the day after Thanks­giving, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 places a new wreath to honor bus driver Mark McLaughlin, who died Nov. 27, 1998, while driving Route 359. He was shot, and his bus plunged from the Aurora Bridge. One other passenger died, the shooter took his own life, and 32 passengers were injured. McLaughlin was 44 when he was killed. He joined Metro in 1979 and was a transit operator for 19 years. Co-workers called him a simple, humble man, a gentle giant who was known for handing out bubble gum to his passengers.