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Train Kills Young Boy

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JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Friends and family are mourning the death of a young boy who was hit by a train in Junction City Saturday night. 14-year-old Julius Schmidt was found dead near the tracks along West Front between 4th and 6th Avenue.
The rumble of trains passing through is a regular occurrence in that part of town and residents said, sadly, so are the flashing police car lights near the tracks.

“The trains go too fast here and this is the fourth time that somebody’s lost their life since I’ve lived here due to the trains,” said resident Theresa Ames.

Junction City Police received multiple 9-1-1 calls around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night regarding a train hitting a pedestrian. Officers arrived to find Schmidt’s body lifeless.

“It involved an Amtrak train that was traveling southbound though 6th and 4th Avenue and West Front,” said Sgt. Chuck Salsbury with the Junction City Police.

Police spent 4 hours trying to figure out what happened leading up to the boy’s death. While there are still many questions surrounding the investigation, those who knew Schmidt are just trying to cling on to what they know.

“He had lots of friends. He did everything with anybody…I skateboarded with him. I hung out with him. I mean we went to school together forever,” said friend Dylan Lynn.

“He always skateboarded and talked about Bob Marley…He’s probably up there singing Bob Marley and messing around right now,” said friend Jewlz Vicari.

Although Schmidt is gone, his friends are keeping him alive through remembering who he was and what he loved.

“He’s a well-known kid of this neighborhood. He has lots and lots of friends. It’s gonna be heartbreaking for lots of people,” said Ames.

There’s no word yet on when a memorial will be held, but friends said they were getting together Sunday afternoon to place flowers down by the tracks in his honor.

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  1. iluvkrys says:

    You guys got the wrong memorial in your news clip. That memorial was for John Muller that died two years ago the same way.

  2. beth medsker says:

    I knew this young man and am hurting so much due to his death..when are they gonna make the tracks safer, how many more mothers will bury their children before they reroute the tracks or slow the trains down.. this is ridiculous even if he wasn’t crossing in a dedicated spot that he would be struck..this area is unsafe and needs to be made safer for everyone!

  3. kimberly Erickson says:

    I have lived here in jc for a few years and live close to the tracks (who doesn’t.) My prayers go out to the family and friends of this years loss of life and of all the lives lost of previos years RIP John. Amtrak needs to SLOW DOWN and not have to pull the E brake when they see people at a intersection. Again prayer to all suffering from the loss

  4. Tim Babcock says:

    I’m for making the tracks safer. We need commuter rail service in the valley and at grade crossings do need to be addressed and taken care of to make it safer and reliable to everyone. They don’t have at grade crossings on bullet trains in Japan.

  5. Jim Johnson says:

    This is both senseless and tragic. Obviously, some railroad (Union Pacific or Amtrak) officials had to have been aware of the memorial — now two of them, tragically. There should have been some compassion and common sense by somebody in authority — like working with the mourners and encouraging the placement of the memorial(s) near the site, but in a safer location.

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