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Emotional vigil held for young Lexington man killed by train

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - On Saturday, a community joined together to remember a young Lexington man who died Wednesday after he was hit and killed by a train near Old Paris Pike.

Friends and family members attended the emotional vigil where they honored 20-year-old Zachariah Means' life and mourned his untimely death.

The turnout at Saturday’s vigil was a true testament of just how many lives Zachariah Means impacted during his 20 short years on earth.

In the Church of God parking lot, Zach’s loved ones joined together to pray, to sing and to remember.

“The last words he said to me were ‘I love you mama’,” said Zach’s mother, April Santos.

The train tracks where Zach was hit and killed served as the back drop of the vigil; a sight that now symbolizes significant loss for friends and family.

“The light in the world is dimmer for everyone who knew him,” Santos told WKYT on Saturday.

Zach’s mother is now left trying to come to terms with the unimaginable tragedy.

“I don't know what I’m going to do from here on out. Just trying to wake up every day and he’s not there… I just can’t understand it.”

An incomprehensible loss of a young man whose life and legacy won't soon be forgotten.


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