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Garrett Luce (19) was struck by a train when he was laying on the tracks
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Published: Nov 21, 2012 @ 1:02 AM
Garrett Luce (19)
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Friends and classmates gathered Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil to remember a Texas A&M student.
19-year-old Garrett Luce died early Sunday morning after he was hit by a train near Wellborn Road and University Drive in College Station.
Students say Luce was a faithful Christian, well liked and a big part of this Texas A&M community and his fraternity, Kappa Alpha.
Signs of solidarity lit up the corners of the Administration Building at Texas A&M as the community came together to remember Sophomore Student Garrett Luce.
Fellow Kappa Alpha members organized the vigil including President Matthew Mealey.
"We thank God for the opportunity to meet Garrett and we pray that peace may be bestowed to his family and friends who are struggling through this tragic time," said Mealey.
Luce died after being struck by a train Sunday morning around 3 o'clock near University Drive and Wellborn Road in College Station.
Union Pacific Railroad officials say he was laying down on the tracks and didn't move when the train engine sounded its horn several times.
"We're looking into if he had been with friends at the Northgate District and maybe just wandered off. There are just a lot of things that we are looking into right now," said Raquel Espinoza, Director of Corporate and Media Relations for Union Pacific Railroad.
The Texas A&M Sophomore was listed as a Business Administration major, attended Second Baptist School in Houston and was a Christian Camp Counselor in the summers in Missouri.
He was even remembered in song.
Will Radney is a Texas A&M Freshman and pledge for FIJI and knew him through school.
"Even people that didn't know him were affected by him, and the fact that he's just how loved he really was. And just know that he's in a better place now and we might not understand exactly why but it's all for a greater purpose," Radney said.
His parents posted a message on his Facebook page which said in part,
"The Lord is present and real with us here right now, and we know that Garrett knows Jesus face to face now. If we can talk to you and share this perfect love and redemption, we want to see you, talk to you, and pray with you," wrote Janell and Joe Luce.
And the evening ended with Kappa Alpha members reciting the Lord's Prayer.
Union Pacific Railroad, College Station Police, and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission are investigating what led up to the accident.
Results of toxicology tests to determine if alcohol was involved are expected in a few weeks.
The Texas A&M community will be remembering a fellow student on campus Wednesday night.
19-year-old Garrett Luce died early Sunday morning after being killed by a passing train near Wellborn Road and University Drive.
Garrett was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. His chapter will be hosting a vigil Wednesday night starting at 8 at the Jack K. Williams Administration Building at Texas A&M.
Union Pacific officials say he was lying down on the tracks and did not move when the train sounded its horn.
The railroad company, College Station Police and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission are investigating what led up to the incident.
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