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Coroner identifies Menlo Park teen killed by train

The San Mateo County coroner has identified 16-year-old Walker Thompson Eberwein as the Menlo Park teenager killed by a train on Monday afternoon.

Preliminary information indicates it may have been a suicide, but the investigation is ongoing, Deputy Coroner Roger Fielding said.

The family will hold a memorial service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church at 950 Santa Cruz Ave.

Train #258 struck the 16-year-old north of the Encinal Avenue crossing in Menlo Park around 4:22 p.m. on Oct. 14, according to Caltrain.

Loaded with commuters during the rush hour, trains resumed running along both tracks around 6:30 p.m., Caltrain spokesperson Jayme Ackemann said.

All trains were held in both directions while transit police responded to the scene.

Caltrain said this was the agency's 13th fatality this year. Last year, 12 people died on the tracks.

The following resources are available for those in crisis:

- Adolescent Counseling Services 650-424-0852

- KARA 650-321-5272

- Family and Children's Service 650-326-6576

- Center for Living with Dying 408-243-0222

- Suicide and Crisis Hotline 650-494-8420

- Teen Clinic 650-694-0600

- Alcohol and Drug Hotline 650-573-3950

- Parental Stress Hotline 408-279-8228

- Teen Health Resource Line 888-711-8336

- Santa Clara County Suicide & Crisis Hotline 1-855-278-4204

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Helloo. How about an update, please. It's been 24 hours and you are the Menlo Park online newspaper.


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Posted by parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Especially since we heard that it was a kid. I asked mine if they'd heard anything at school, and no one had.


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Posted by sad parent
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 15, 2013 at 10:20 pm

I have heard the sad news that it was a child who was killed. Most likely this is why there is little information being distributed to the public.


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Posted by parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 15, 2013 at 10:40 pm

According to other media, it was a 16-year-old boy. I have a 16-year-old son. I understand they don't want to encourage copycat suicides, but they shouldn't be pretending that nothing happened. In some ways, that's even worse for the kids.

Editor's note: We checked with the coroner. So far, no report.


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Posted by parent2
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 16, 2013 at 9:04 am

Local boy, caring family.


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Posted by so sorry
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

Great family, so sad. Prayers with you...


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Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm

We have asked the coroner's office multiple times since Monday to confirm that information and they have not yet done so. If anyone does have additional information, please let us know (sbrundage@almanacnews.com, 650-223-6529.) Thank you.


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Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 2:55 pm

We have posted an update with new information from the coroner's office.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of another community
on Oct 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Wonderful family, lovely boys. So very sad to hear this. My heart and prayers go out to them.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Sandy:

the link to the updated article is a dead link. It gives a message that the article is unavailable.


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Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Menlo Voter: Not sure which link you mean. I added the new information to the currently existing story, which is displayed above the comment section.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm

where it says read the full story here "web link"


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Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Menlo Voter: Thank you. I wasn't accessing the story via that page, so didn't see the problem. We are trying to fix it.

In the meantime, you can view Web Link


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Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Or not. The URL works when pasted into a new browser window, but not when pasted into the comment box. Sorry!

Note: The link should work now.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Thank you Sandy. Keep up the good work!


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Posted by Student
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Oct 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm

He was a classmate of mine from elementary and middle school... He was probably the nicest boy in the grade. He did not deserve to suffer...


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Posted by all the best
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 17, 2013 at 7:07 am

All the best wishes and prayers to the family and friends.


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Posted by Bosque
a resident of another community
on Oct 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

I went to camp with him and he was one of the nicest people I have ever met. He was for sure a pretty funky dude but he had such a big heart and was always smiling. My best wishes go to his family and friends. R.I.P.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Parent is a registered user.

To the family, Our hearts ache for you. As parents with a child of the same age there are no words to express to you how sorry we are for your loss.
Our Prayers and Thoughts for you and your Beautiful Boy Walker.


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Posted by Joe67
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Joe67 is a registered user.

A really great, funny kid that I had the pleasure of coaching in Little League years back....a tremendous loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family


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