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Petersburg family holds vigil to mourn 15-year-old’s death

Posted at 12:47 AM, Dec 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-05 00:47:18-05

PETERSBURG, Va. -- A Petersburg family held a vigil for a 15-year-old boy, who was recently hit and killed by a train. The vigil for Henry De la Cruz was held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Police said De la Cruz was hit by the train Tuesday morning in the 2300 block of Buckner Street in Petersburg.

It is believed he was walking on the tracks with his head phones on at the time of the crash.

Norfolk Southern Corp. spokeswoman Susan Terpay said Tuesday that De la Cruz was reported to have been wearing ear buds at the time of the accident and that the conductor sounded the train’s horn to alert the teen, but that the train was not able to stop in time.

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The victim’s cousin, Sorina Montoa , said the family are still trying to come to grips with their loss.

“I still can't believe it. I’m holding on to hope that he will walk inside the house, or he will text me asking where we are at, I can't believe it,” Montoa said.

The family said they would like to De la Cruz’s remains back to Mexico. They've setup a GoFundMe page to raise money for the expenses.