In the second such incident in six months, a Flagstaff teenager has committed suicide by laying down in front of a train, police confirm.
Samuel "Spencer" Evans, 17, died after being struck by a BNSF train on November 8, says Sergeant Margaret Bentzen of Flagstaff PD.
His death follows the May 17 suicide of Rafael Mongini, 16, a Northland Preparatory Academy student.
"We have a train running through town that's extremely dangerous," Bentzen says. "It's a huge concern for our department."
New Times checked in with Flagstaff police after a Flagstaff woman called to say her son, a high-school student, had been hearing many rumors about the incident.
Bentzen says "young people in our community are very well aware" of the suicides," adding that -- besides the trauma to the affected families -- the train operators were also impacted emotionally.
In a memorial, Evans family asked that well-wishers make a charitable donation to Redemption Ranch, a Christian-oriented home for challenged teen boys.Mongini's family asked people to support the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos home for orphans.
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Anyone feeling suicidal is urged to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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