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Coroner identifies Menlo Park teen killed by train

He is Walker Thompson Eberwein, 16, of Menlo Park

The San Mateo County coroner has identified 16-year-old Walker Thompson Eberwein as the Menlo Park teenager killed by a train on Monday afternoon.

Preliminary information indicates it may have been a suicide, but the investigation is ongoing, Deputy Coroner Roger Fielding said.

The family will hold a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church at 950 Santa Cruz Ave.

Train #258 struck the 16-year-old north of the Encinal Avenue crossing in Menlo Park around 4:22 p.m. on Oct. 14, according to Caltrain.

Loaded with commuters during the rush hour, trains resumed running along both tracks around 6:30 p.m., Caltrain spokesperson Jayme Ackemann said.

All trains were held in both directions while transit police responded to the scene.

Caltrain said this was the agency's 13th fatality this year. Last year, 12 people died on the tracks.

The following resources are available for those in crisis:

- Adolescent Counseling Services 650-424-0852

- KARA 650-321-5272

- Family and Children's Service 650-326-6576

- Center for Living with Dying 408-243-0222

- Suicide and Crisis Hotline 650-494-8420

- Teen Clinic 650-694-0600

- Alcohol and Drug Hotline 650-573-3950

- Parental Stress Hotline 408-279-8228

- Teen Health Resource Line 888-711-8336

- Santa Clara County Suicide & Crisis Hotline 1-855-278-4204

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Posted by Midtowb resident
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm

My heartfelt sympathies to his family. I wish all of us could get together and so something to identify and work with kids that are depressed. Our society places too much importance on money and achievement and not enough on human relationships. I'm going to go home and hug my kids..


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Posted by Tears in Heaven
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:12 pm

My deepest condolences to the parents, though there is really nothing to be said or done to ease the pain.

This is happening far too much in our area.

Time for some self-examination and rethinking of values and goals.


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Posted by Marc Vincenti
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 17, 2013 at 12:48 am

Marc Vincenti is a registered user.

This news is very sad, and upsetting. My sincere condolences to everyone knew, loved, and cared for this boy—his family, friends, classmates, teachers, neighbors—and to the train driver, and other people charged with caring for our young. This news is difficult and very sad.


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