Family and friends remember Petersburg teen killed by train

From NBC12 News

Family and friends are remembering a Petersburg teen killed over the weekend by a train.

Malcom Pezzano, 16, was tying his shoes on a railroad strack in Waverly when he was struck and killed.

Yesterday, some of his teachers and classmates shared their fondest memories about Pezzano.

"His favorite sport, I would say, would be basketball," said Vernon Johns Middle School coach, Tonya Rowles. "That was a sport he was very honored to play, you know. Whenever the kids would come in, it was the first thing he wuld ask: "Are we playing basketball today?"

Police are still investigating the incident.

This is the fourth time in six years that a train has hit someone in the town of Waverly. Residents say they want something done.

Some say a fence needs to be put up to keep people from using the track as a popular cut-through. Waverly officials say that would be up to the railroad.

Meanwhile, police say they'll ticket people who don't use the crosswalk.

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