Friends remembering 16-year-old girl who was hit by Amtrak train

A 16-year-old from Glenville was killed when she was struck by an Amtrak train in Scotia on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. (Photo provided by family)

SCOTIA, N.Y. (NEWS) – A community is in mourning after 16-year-old Morgan Bowers was hit and killed by a train in Scotia on Tuesday.

Friends and classmates of Bowers are remembering the Glenville High School student, who would have been a senior in the fall.

“It was tragic. Like at first, I didn’t really believe it was really her. And then it was confirmed and I cried and cried and I couldn’t stop,” Classmate Matt Casillas said.

On Tuesday, Bowers walked along the railroad tracks, not uncommon for kids in the area.

She was killed when an Amtrak train from Niagara Falls to New York City struck her on the tracks near Exchange Street.

“People who live over there usually cross the tracks because it’s shorter.”

Many are now left with questions.

“How did it happen? What led to it happening? Did she not hear the train or see it?”

And sorrow for those left behind.

“What are the odds of this happening? It’s just crazy.”

“Pretty sad and upsetting. No one’s life should be taken.”

“I send my condolences and this is a time where we need to come together and be strong for her instead of dwelling on all the negative memories. Just be positive.”

Casillas considered Bowers one of his best friends.

“She was great. She always had a smile on her face and she always made sure everyone was okay even before her feelings were taken care of,” Casillas said. “She was a fun loving person. She was humorous. She was beautiful. She was a great singer and I mean it’s sad to say she’s gone.”

Casillas says Bowers had a passion for singing and was hoping to pursue a career in it. He reflects on the last time he saw her.

Friends of Bower say they are already planning a candle light vigil near the tracks in honor of Bowers.

“My last memory was about a week or two ago. We were walking through the park. I walked her halfway home and we gave each other a long hug and that was the last memory.”

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