Community reeling after teen's death
LIVONIA - People living in Livonia told News 2 the community is having a tough time after a teen was killed by a train this weekend.
Brandt Torres died Sunday morning after railroad officials said he was struck by a passing train and thrown under its wheels near the Livonia Rail Yard. Investigators said Torres and some friends were placing coins on the train at the time of the incident.
Exactly two years Monday Torres was shot in the head during a hunting accident, and his recovery was an inspiration for the community he lived in. Today, they said his death was disturbing to all who knew him.
"It just hurt so bad. It hurts to even talk about knowing what these people are going through," said Brian Bergeron, who knew the Torres family. "I know being a father and a parent, the hardest thing is losing a loved one... a child especially."
Grief counselors were at Torres' high school Monday to talk with students affected by his death. His family members were too grief-stricken to speak with the media, but said they're still in the process of planning his funeral.
News 2's Chris Nakamoto spoke with one of the teens who saw Torres get run over, and will have her story tonight at 6 p.m.