Dozens Gather to Mourn 21-Year-Old Killed After Train Strikes Car in Melrose Park - NBC Chicago

Dozens Gather to Mourn 21-Year-Old Killed After Train Strikes Car in Melrose Park

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    Dozens Gather to Mourn 21-Year-Old Killed After Train Strikes Car in Melrose Park

    About 100 people braved the cold Friday night in Melrose Park to remember Jocelynn Morales. Trina Orlando reports. (Published Friday, Dec. 15, 2017)

    About 100 people braved the cold Friday night in Melrose Park to remember Jocelynn Morales.

    She died earlier the same day in a tragic accident that family and friends are still struggling to understand.

    An overwhelming showing of love Friday evening- for 21-year old Jocelynn Morales.

    "Come back to your mommy--I need you, baby," Moarles mother, Veronica, said at the vigil.

    1 Dead After Union Pacific Train, Car Collide in Melrose Park

    [CHI] 1 Dead After Union Pacific Train, Car Collide in Melrose Park

    A woman was killed early Friday morning after a Union Pacific train collided with a car in a Chicago suburb, officials said. NBC 5's Emily Florez reports.

    (Published Friday, Dec. 15, 2017)

    Her grieving mother, surrounded by family and friends, all remembering a young woman taken too soon.

    "She could talk with anyone, that's why everyone loved her," said cousin Bianca Moreno.

    The fire chief says a friend who was driving Jocelynn home early Friday morning when they tried to drive around a warning gate in Melrose Park and the vehicle was struck by a train.

    "I just don't understand why this happened," Vernoica said.

    She learned of the accident when a police officer knocked on her door.

    "The cop didn't have to say anything--the look on his face--I knew," she said.

    Jocelynn spent Thursday decorating her family's Christmas tree--and planned to finish on Friday. The missing star on top-- now a small reminder of her family's tremendous loss.

    "She made me the happiest person ever," Veronica said.

    The driver of the car Jocelynn was riding in remains hospitalized.

    A GoFundMe was set up for Jocelynn's funeral expenses.

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