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Family of 20-year-old hit by train 'shocked' by his sudden death

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Family members say a Lexington man, who was killed by a train Wednesday night, was just beginning to get his life together.

"He always knew how to make me happy and make me not sad," says Elena Perez, the victim's 12-year-old sister.

Police say 20-year-old Zachariah Means was walking on the train tracks near North Broadway Wednesday evening. They say he was pushing his red bicycle and listening to music on his headphones.

Family members tell us Means was taking a short cut from a friend's house back to his Wickland Drive home. They say because his headphones were on, he couldn't hear the train blaring it's horn.

Family members say Means, known as 'Donte' to some, was working toward getting his GED and wanted to go to college. He loved drawing and watching anime with his two younger sisters.

The shock of his sudden death is what his family is dealing with right now.

"I just couldn't believe it," says Vickie French, the victim's grandmother. "I just kept saying, 'get up honey, you've got so much more to give' and I begged God to please take me and let him live."

The family is planning to hold a candlelight vigil for Means soon.


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