A man who died on the train tracks in Palo Alto on Oct. 15 has been identified by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office.
Quinn Gens, 19, of Palo Alto was struck by a southbound train at about 5:40 p.m. near Charleston Road, according to Caltrain. The coroner determined the incident was a suicide.
Gens graduated from Henry M. Gunn High School in 2014.
The Gens family issued a statement on Monday:
"Our much-beloved son, and brother, ended his life on October 15th; he chose to leave this world because he could not see a future in it, regardless of our love for him. He left a message, saying he loved us alland that he is now in a happier place," they wrote.
"We would like to thank all the people, and there were many, who made this life bearable for him. He loved you all. As his family, we please ask for privacy at this time.
"In his memory, we will be setting up a charity organization. 'Quinn Cares' will spread the donations amongst Quinn's favorite causes including, but not limited to, helping underprivileged children receive podiatric care, strabismus research, and bully prevention. We expect the website to be operational by the end of next week."
Last week, the Palo Alto Unified School District responded to Gens' death by increasing counseling support at Gunn.
Caltrain launched a "There is help" signage program and website with resources for individuals and those seeking to learn more about mental illness and suicide earlier this month. The website can be found here.
Any person who is feeling depressed, troubled or suicidal can call 1-800-784-2433 to speak with a crisis counselor. People in Santa Clara County can also call 1-855-278-4204.
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