Friends and family remember Sterling teen hit and killed by train


STERLING, Ill. (KWQC) – Friends and family are still trying to wrap their heads around losing Jacob Williamson Sunday, after he was hit and killed by a train.

“I had gone to run to the store to get something for lunch and stopped to talk to him and before I got back, I got the call and then the next time I saw him it was, he wasn’t there anymore, it was just a body,” Williamson’s father, Raymond Phillips said.

Phillips says the 14-year-old was an outgoing kid, who loved skateboarding and hanging out with his friends.

Several met at Phillips and Williamson’s home Monday night for a candlelight vigil to mourn and remember Williamson’s life.

He says as they try to figure out what happened on those train tracks, the outpouring of support is helping them through this difficult time.
“There’s not really much to say after that, my sons gone I can’t bring him back,” Phillips said.

Friends of Williamson’s from Sterling and surrounding communities met at the tracks Monday afternoon to share memories, hugs and tears. They say right now it just doesn’t make sense that he’s gone.

“I wish you could’ve stayed a little longer, a lot of people miss you, there’s a lot of people [who] miss you,” Lindsey Temple, a friend of Williamson, said about him Monday.

“Very emotional, every time a train comes by I just feel sudden pain, as if I can feel what happened and I just feel like crying every time I see it come by cause I can only imagine the pain he went through in an instant,” Izaias Chaidez, a friend of Williamson added.

Currently, there are no GoFundMe or other donation pages set up for Williamson’s family. Phillips says people can contact the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls to inquire about financial donations for the family.

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