HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Flags at Lee High School in Huntsville are flying at half-staff today, and for the next two days, in honor of a student who was hit and killed by a train last Friday.
A service for 14-year-old Dylan Jones was held Tuesday morning at Berryhill Funeral Home.
Jones was walking home after school let out for the long holiday weekend on Friday.
Huntsville Police say he was walking on the train tracks at Oakwood Avenue and Lee High Drive when a train came. The conductor sounded the whistle repeatedly when he saw Dylan, but to no avail.
Tuesday, WHNT News 19 spoke with counselors at the school about how students are handling the loss of their friend.
“You’re unprepared for it. When you have a student or a parent or someone you know has an illness, you kind of expect it, you can prepare for it,” said Donna Clark. “But with something like this, there’s no preparation for it.”
Students were allowed to attend the funeral. Jones will be laid to rest at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Donna Clark says Dylan had two younger siblings who also attend Huntsville City Schools.
His classmates remember him as a funny, likable student who loved baseball and had many friends.
There will be a fundraiser in Dylan’s memory to help his family with funeral expenses. It will be held on Wednesday, November 21st at Carousel Skate Park. People can wear blue and skate for $1 that night, and make a donation that will go to his family.
There is also an account set up at Redstone Federal Credit Union for anyone who would like to make a donation to help with funeral costs.