School Mourns Second Classmate Killed by Train

Lake Forest High School freshman William Laskero-Teskoski was struck and killed Tuesday morning by a train passing just west of the school

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 7:36 PM CDT
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For the second time in about a month, a Metra train struck and killed a Lake Forest High School student. William Laskero-Teskoski was killed Tuesday by a train heading southbound about 7:25 a.m. at 1351 N. Western Ave, which is just west of the high school.

For the second time in about a month, a Metra train struck and killed a Lake Forest High School student. William Laskero-Teskoski was killed Tuesday by a train heading southbound about 7:25 a.m. at 1351 N. Western Ave, which is just west of the high school.

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For the second time in about a month, Lake Forest High School students are dealing with the death of a classmate who was struck and killed by a passing Metra train.

The body of freshman William Laskero-Teskoski was found by another student after 7:25 Tuesday morning in the 1400 block of Western Avenue, which is just west of the high school.

"Everywhere you go in the high school you see so many kids devastated right now because he was just the kid that was always around and everyone loved him," said student Jacques Zuriekat.

Laksero-Teskoski played on the freshman football team last fall, according to the Lake Forest High School website.

Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey said at this point the manner of death, as to whether it was suicidal or accidental, is unknown. His said it will not be issuing additional information until the conclusion of the investigation.

Lake Forest Deputy Police Chief Glenn Burmeister said police believe the victim was struck shortly
after the southbound train left the Lake Bluff station. Inbound train 326 and outbound train 309 were stopped for about an hour.

It was the second incident of a high school student being killed by a train in Lake Forest in less than two months. On Jan. 9, Farid Hussain of the class of 2014 was struck near Western and Ryan just before 7 a.m.

The coroner said it doesn't appear there's any connection between the two train deaths, but Lake Forest police said that's an angle they're looking into as their investigation continues.

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