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Prayer service for teen hit by train

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 10:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014 10:29 p.m. CDT

ELBURN – St. Gall Catholic Church has planned a prayer service in remembrance of Parker Wolfsmith, a 14-year-old Kaneland Harter Middle School student who died last month after he was hit by a train in Maple Park.

The service is set from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Gall, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. According to a news release from St. Gall, all ages and faiths are welcome to attend.

"Whether you knew Parker or not, join us to pray for those who have died," the release stated.

The incident took place at about 9:30 p.m. May 31 at the North Liberty Street railroad crossing in Maple Park. Maple Park Police Chief Mike Acosta has said he is planning to view a video from the train, which is expected to provide more answers about what took place. Acosta has said he believes that Wolfsmith liked being close to trains as they crossed, and "this time, he got too close."

Wednesday's church event will begin with a discussion about the grieving process, followed by a prayer service in the church, the release stated.

"This discussion includes ways to cope and understand in order to begin to ease the pain," the release stated. "Our faith and community are here to help. The evening will end with a prayer service and a quiet time. You are welcome to stay for a while and enjoy the peace of our church."

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