Devin Newman, 21, who died in a train incident last week in Killeen, will have a memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Greater Vision Community Church, 2000 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, according to obituary information from Chisholm’s Family Funeral Home.
The incident occurred near a railroad crossing just north of the Killeen Community Center on Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Tim Lyons, a friend of Newman’s family said Newman was an employee at KFC, had many friends, was an animal lover and often hung out at the Conder Skatepark in Killeen. According to Newsman’s Facebook Page, Newman was also a former Ellison High School student.
The initial investigation revealed the train was traveling west near 38th Street shortly before 5 p.m., when the conductor noticed a man standing on the tracks.
The conductor blew the horn several times; for some unknown reason, Newman did not move before the train struck him.
When asked Friday if the investigation was ongoing, Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez said she had no updates on the case at the time. She also wouldn’t confirm if police had viewed the video footage from the train provided by BNSF Railway.
Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced Newman dead at 5:38 p.m. April 6 following the incident.
Newman is the first railroad-related fatality in Killeen since the 2013 death of Hermanda Dixon-Cardona, who investigators said tripped while crossing the tracks near 10th Street.
A GoFundMe account to help the family with funeral expenses is set up at http://bit.ly/2nNpt4m.
Many friends and family members offered their condolences to Newman’s family on Facebook.
Newman’s mother, Tanisha Brown, thanked those in support of her family last week.
“I want to thank everyone for the support y’all have given. ... We really need help with funds to give him a proper burial. ... You all are truly loyal and good friends to my son. He means the world to us. Also thanks for the flowers and notes left at my door. God has him now and I know he is safe and will always be with us watching and protecting us,” Brown said Monday on Facebook.
The GoFundMe account was opened April 7 and has raised $180 of the $7,000 goal, according to the site.