Friends Remember Charlotte Train Victim Matt Wagner

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

CHARLOTTE (WILX)-- A deadly train crash that killed a Charlotte High School student Friday afternoon has the community looking for comfort.

Friends and those who knew Matt Wagner are having a tough time coming to terms with the tragedy.

One friend in particular, Cameron Youngs spent his Saturday morning hanging around the high school. Having just heard the news, he was coming to realization that he will never see his friend again.

"He was a really goofy guy. He liked to make jokes and had a good sense of humor, said Youngs. It's been on my mind and I can't get it out. It's a good thing because we should remember all the good things he did, all the good memories we had."

Wagner was killed by an oncoming train around 3 p.m. on Friday as he walked the tracks near Harris street. He was 16 years-old, and was just finishing his sophomore year at Charlotte High School.

Wagners friends are going to have a vigil in his honor Sunday at noon.There has been a change to the location. It will now be held at the church parking lot behind the Chinese Store Good Flavor. Friends and family are invited to join. Media has been asked to not attend.

Charlotte High School provided counseling for staff and students on Saturday. Young's along with a few others came in to use the services. More support will be provided Monday for the students. Monday will be the first school day for the students since the accident.

"We are devastated by the loss and we will have extra staff and support personal on Monday morning," said Charlotte Superintendent Nancy Hipskind.

Even those who didn't know Wagner as well are feeling the loss.

"It impacted me more than I thought. I talked to him once or twice a week at lunch time, in the hallways. It wasn't a deep conversation. Now I wish I had talked more with him," said classmate Trystin Reed.

Police have released no new information. It is still unknown what lead up to the accident. Friends say Wagner often walked the tracks on his way home from school. The accident was roughly a block away from Wagners home.

"Hold on and don't let it ruin the rest of our school year. That's what he would have wanted. We'll get through it, but we will still remember him," said Youngs.


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