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Teen Killed By Train in Charlotte Identified

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UPDATE:

The 16-year-old killed by a train walking home from school in Charlotte is identified as Matthew Wagner.

Funeral services for Wagner are set for Tuesday at 2 P.M. at the Pray's Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

ORIGINAL:

It was a day of mourning in Charlotte, as the community reels from the death of a sixteen-year-old hit by a train on his way home from school.

"There's never an easy way to deal with the loss of a young person," said Charlotte Superintendent Nancy Hipskind.

She and other faculty are playing in active role in helping the community cope.

"We had grief counselors and others available to students this morning to students and anyone else needing to talk," said Hipskind.

Many students, like Cole Bogue, say the news of their friend's death was hard to accept.      

"I didn't want to believe it was him. He was a really good friend, really good person. A number of people who are my friends from the high school, or the middle school, they couldn't believe it either." Said Bogue.

Bogue says the death affects the entire Charlotte community.

"I was mortified, I got goosebumps and my immediate thoughts were just going out for the family," said Amy Betts, whose yard is just a few feet from the train tracks.  

Betts was gardening yesterday night when she heard the train come to a screeching halt.

"All of the sudden i just heard this big big crash, big boom," said Betts.

She hopes, if at all possible, some good will come from this tragic situation.

"Hopefully people can just learn from this so the community doesn't have to experience anything like this again," Betts said.

For now, Betts says the sound of the train running behind her backyard will serve as a sad reminder of the grief facing an entire community.

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