Mother Of The Killeen, Texas Girl Killed By A Train This Week Speaks Out
The mother of the girl who was killed by an oncoming freight train wants to make sure this sort tragedy never happens to anybody ever again.
Earlier this week, the Killeen High School community founds itself mourning the loss a student who was killed by an oncoming train near the school.
Armando Menchaca was an eyewitness at the scene while picking up his daughter from a late release at Killeen High School. He described what happened to our news partners at KWTX as "horrific", and described seeing 15-year-old Senia Aguilera trying to jump the train tracks but not making it across in time as the train approached.
The Mother Speaks Out
According to KWTX, Aguilera's mom, Rebecca Attaway, was yards away from the tracks waiting on Senia where the incident occurred.
Senia's sister, Noemi, was also with Attaway and told KWTX it's a normal thing for students to come over the tracks, and it's something others do on a regular basis.
That's something Attaway wants to change. She told KWTX:
“If it’s the last thing me and my sister do, we’re going to make sure something gets done. Anything that we can do to keep kids from crossing the railroad tracks.”
What Does The Railroad Company Have To Say?
There is a sign warning anyone not to cross the railroad at the location where the incident occurred. According to KWTX, railroad company BNSF emailed a statement pointing to local authorities when determining crossing signals and gates.
“While we do have some barriers and fences in certain locations along our right of way, it is not possible to completely cover our 32,500-mile network. We do have no trespassing signs all around our network, and BNSF Police patrol our right of way to enhance safety and security,”
Senia's Mother Rebecca Attaway Mourns The Loss Of Her Daughter
Rebecca Attaway sadly told KWTX that she misses her daughter.
“I just want her back. I’m not going to be able to cope with her being gone, not walking through my house, not seeing her. The only thing I can just remember, how she used to look, her bun on the back of her head, how she used to just walk with that little twist.”
She described her daughter as outgoing, outspoken, and caring.
A GoFundMe has been set up to assist with Senia Aguilera’s funeral costs. A balloon release and vigil will be held at 6 PM Thursday, March 10 at Stewart Park, 1702 N. 24th Street in Killeen. Anyone who wishes to support the family and mourn Senia's passing is welcome, and may bring purple, blue, or black balloons.