NEWTON, MA (WHDH) - Grief counselors will be on hand a Lincoln-Sudbury High School Monday after a teen was hit and killed by a Commuter Rail train in Newton Friday night.
Eli Pilat, 14, died after he was struck by a train on the Framingham-Worcester line.
Police said they received a call about a possible person hit by a train at around 8:45 p.m. Friday. Responding officers said the victim was struck on the inbound track by a train on the Worcester Line.
Officials at Lincoln-Sudbury High School confirmed that the boy was a freshman at the school.
Principal Bella Wong released a statement about the incident.
“While we were just getting to know him here at LS we were already beginning to appreciate his love of music and strong sense of self-advocacy. I extend our deepest sympathy and compassion to his family during this time of grief for their tragic loss. Counseling services for students and staff will be set up starting Monday for as long as needed.”
Pilat’s mother released a statement over the weekend:
In Eli’s all too short of a life he was able to be a part of several communities: Wellesley, Newton, Needham, Framingham and Lincoln- Sudbury. We, his family, want everyone to know how much we appreciate the broad outreach we have received and support offered as we grieve the loss of a dearly loved son, brother, nephew and grandson, who we loved with all of our hearts. We thank all of the adults who knew and worked with Eli throughout his life and all of our friends who support us now at this time. Finally, we extend our hearts, as well to Eli’s young friends for the terrible loss they are experiencing at such a tender time in their lives.
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