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El Cerrito High Honor Student Killed by Train

An El Cerrito High School senior who was on the honor roll was struck and killed by a train in Richmond around 3 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.

A 17-year-old El Cerrito High School student was hit and killed by a freight train about 3 a.m. Sunday in Richmond, according to authorities.

The student, whose name was not released by school officials, was "was a senior, was on track to graduating this year and was an honor roll student," said Marin Trujillo, a spokesman for the West Contra Costa Unified School district.

The 17-year-old youth was struck by a Union Pacific freight train near the intersection of Cutting and Carlsen boulevards, reported the Contra Costa Times, citing Richmond police Lt. Lori Curran.

Police didn't know why he was on the tracks, the newspaper said.

A source at the school said the news of his death was a shock to the campus Monday. The school's health center and staff were "made available to students who needed to speak to someone to process this very sad news," Trujillo said.

"Our thoughts and hearts are with the family of this ECHS student," he said.

The school will hold a gathering Wednesday to remember their classmate, the Times said.

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