Cameron Vennard struck, killed by Amtrak train

10:30 AM, May 31, 2012   |    comments
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Kirkwood, Mo (KSDK) -- Cameron Vennard is the name of the 14-year-old student struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Kirkwood Wednesday, according to the medical examiner.

Authorities said Vennard, of Kirkwood, was walking on the tracks listening to music with headphones and was not able to move out of the way before the train hit him from behind.

Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari says the train that hit the teen was Amtrak Train 313, also known as the "Missouri River Runner," and was enroute from St. Louis to Kansas City when the incident occurred.

On Thursday morning, students gathered at the site of the incident and wrote in chalk messages of love and admiration in honor of Vennard. They wrote "you always made me laugh," "you will be missed," and "RIP."

Messages for Cameron Vennard - PHOTOS

Friends say he always made people laugh and smile.

"No matter what, you'd always be laughing," said Miranda Ahearn, a friend of Vennard. "He'd always find something funny to say. and you always have a memory with cam. I cant think of one time I was not having fun with Cam. He's the best friend ever."

Vennard's friends told NewsChannel 5 he walked on the train tracks almost daily.  They said he loved listening to music, especially Bob Marley.

Counselors are on hand at Nipher Middle School and Kirkwood High School where he would have attended school this fall.


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