Teen killed by train where train killed relative in 2010

Teen killed by train where train killed relative in 2010

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - An Amtrak train hit and killed a teen Saturday night just feet from where one of his relatives was hit and killed by an Amtrak train in 2010.

Police said Julius Schmidt, 14, and two friends were praying at a memorial site where John Muller, a relative of Schmidt's, died in August 2010.

As the passenger train approached at 76 mph, the boys ran across the tracks.

"They were there to pray and to consider what happened to him," Police Chief Mark Chase said. "Unfortunately after that, they heard the train horn and they decided to run out in the track.

"Common sense says its not a good thing," the chief said, "but we’ve all been boys before and done things as juveniles."

Two of the boys made it. Schmidt did not.

Friends on Monday stopped by the memrial for Schmidt that appeared next to the tracks. They said the Oaklea Middle School student loved skateboarding and the music of Bob Marley.

"I was completely devastated. It's horrible," said Dylan Lynn. "I was like, wait - that didn't happen to him. No. I don't believe that."

"He would always make me smile," said Shania Wood. "He was always there for me. He was a really good friend."

Byron Knudtson's business is right in front of the scene of the accident. He said the death is tragic. 

"Boy it's a big tragedy to have the kids taken like that," he said. "The whole town feels it."
    
The middle school had therapy rooms and counselors helping students Monday as they returned to classes.