The young man who stepped in front of a Caltrain Friday night has been identified as Brian Bennion Taylor, 19, a 2008 graduate of Gunn High School -- where he was a member of the varsity wrestling and tennis teams and active in student affairs.
Taylor was identified by the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office, which has not officially ruled his death a suicide, however.
Taylor was hit by a southbound train at 11:45 p.m. Friday about 150 yards north of the Meadow Drive crossing, where four other young persons have died since last May, three of them Gunn students and one an incoming Gunn student.
According to news reports, postings on Facebook and online forums, Taylor was the eldest of nine brothers and sisters and had been active in youth leadership within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He had attended Brigham Young University last year, but dropped out, according to an e-mail his mother, Marian, sent to the San Jose Mercury News.
The Mercury reported that she said she believes Brian committed suicide, and that he had been suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the reason for his leaving Brigham Young.
"We are so sad at the passing of our son but we are grateful for our faith in a loving God and we treasure every moment of the almost 20 years we had with him," the mother was quoted as saying in the e-mail.
"His acute illness affected every aspect of his life," she said.
Taylor was an active student at Gunn, where he was named homecoming prince in his senior year. He was the service chair for student body, and received a presidential service award for performing 250 community-service hours in a year, his mother said in the e-mail. She said he loved reading and during summers had jobs that including being a legal assistant and a ranch hand.