CHESTER, VA (WWBT) - Family and friends are grieving after two Chesterfield County teens were killed Wednesday when they were struck by an Amtrak train.
The train was traveling from Georgia to New York when it struck and killed 13-year-old Presley A. Trent and 18-year-old Samuel W. Rivas.
"To know that someone you knew is not coming back... it just sucks," said Maddie Leonard, a junior at Clover Hill High School.
Leonard said she had a class with Samuel Rivas, 18, of Midlothian, who went by Sammy.
According to administrators at Thomas Dale High School in Chester, Rivas was a senior at Clover Hill High School, but had attended Thomas Dale in grades 9-11.
Friends said Sammy was expected to graduate June 6.
Clover Hill High School Principal Debbie Marks released a statement Thursday stating:
"People were crying and hugging each other," said Sammy Can, who attends Clover Hill.
"I saw one of my friends crying and I found it was Sammy," Leonard said. "I was like oh wow."
According to the Thomas Dale administrator Rivas was very involved with JROTC. Family and friends describe him as a wonderful person.
"He always stood up for other people," Leonard said. "There was a girl who was getting bullied the other day and he said 'dude leave her alone.' He was just such a great person."
The other teen killed was Presley Trent, 13, of Chester.
Chesterfield County Public Schools said Trent was a seventh grader at Elizabeth Davis Middle School.
Administrators at Elizabeth Davis Middle School said:
Trent's family sent a statement saying, "She was lively and full of life. She loved long boarding, softball and just being outside. She loved her family and friends."
"I feel for her family and I want to send my condolences to everyone," Leonard said.
A spokesperson for Amtrak said about 2,000 people are killed or injured in grade crossing and trespassing incidents nationwide each year.
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