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Students Remember Teen Killed By Train, Vigil Planned For Thursday Night
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling, Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Feb. 1, 2012 6:09 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 2, 2012 12:22 PM EST
Hurricane , Putnam County , West Virginia
A community will come together Thursday evening to remember a Putnam county teenager hit and killed by a train earlier this week.
16-year old Jacob Ball was walking on the railroad tracks near Hurricane High School shortly after the end of the school day on Tuesday when he was hit.
Police say it appears the high school Junior was wearing his earphones at the time of the tragedy.
Everyone is invited to attend the candlelight vigil starting at 6:30 Thursday evening at the high school.
A typical walk home from school turned into a nightmare when 16-year old Jacob Ball was hit and killed by a train. Wednesday, his friends remained in disbelief.
Jacob was a junior at Hurricane High School. Friends who are used to seeing him every day are now trying to cope with him being gone forever.
"I saw him yesterday after school and I said hey and he said hey. And usually he rides the bus home but on sunny days he walks home...and then...he just happened to walk home yesterday," said Jacob's friend and neighbor, Destiny Rutledge.
Destiny Rutledge was the one who told Jacob's father when she found out what happened.
Wednesday, students wrote letters and sayings to Jacob choosing to remember his happiness and love for people.
"The best description I heard of Jacob this morning was that he had a gentle soul," said Principal of Hurricane High School, Dick Campbell.
"He started opening up more this year. More than I've ever known him. This is the one year he's opened up to anyone," explained Rutledge.
Police think Jacob was wearing headphones. While it's possible that he didn't hear the train coming, it's still troublesome that he wouldn't have felt it coming.
As investigators try to figure everything out, a high school is left to heal one day at a time.
"God will take good care of him," said friend of Jacob, Timothy Wyrich.
There will be a candlelight vigil on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Hurricane High School.
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