Liberty University student killed by train

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WAVY) – A 21-year-old man died after he was hit by a train at Riverside Park Saturday afternoon in Lynchburg.

Jonathan Gregoire and Victoria Bridges, both 21, were near the trestles at the park around 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8, according to police. City officials said the two were then hit by the train.

Gregoire, of Wilbraham, Mass., was dead when authorities arrived, the release stated. Bridges, from Newport News, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.

Gregoire was a Liberty University student.

University President Jerry Falwell released the following statement:

“Jon will be terribly missed by so many at Liberty University. He was known and loved for his adventurous spirit and his spiritual depth. My wife and I both were friends with Jon on Facebook and, while we did not know him well, we shared many mutual friends who thought so highly of him. His last Facebook post on Oct. 30 reflected on how God and Jesus Christ gave life its ultimate meaning. The Gregoire family will be held up in prayer by the entire Liberty University community.”

Gregoire was a senior majoring in business administration-marketing, with a certificate in Bible. He served as a prayer leader with Liberty’s Student Leadership and planned to become a missionary.

Liberty’s Campus Pastors team is currently meeting with students and the university’s Student Counseling Services is also being made available to those in need. The university is planning a memorial service to celebrate Jon’s life and the impact he had on so many. Details will be released when they are available.”

Gregoire posted a picture of himself on his Instagram account a week earlier, on what appears to be the same trestle.

Detectives said right now the incident hasn’t suggested any foul play. It still remains under investigation.

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