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Remembering Britteny Silva: Candlelight Vigil At San Leandro High School Tonight

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Britteny Silva
Britteny Silva
The San Leandro community is mourning the unexpected loss of one of its promising students this week.

Britteny Silva, who was struck and killed by an Amtrak train as she crossed the railroad tracks on May 19, was about to graduate from San Leandro High school in a matter of weeks. 

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Thoughts, wishes and prayers for the loss of Silva have been pouring in online since the news of the devastating fatal collision spread through the community. San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy tweeted condolences to Silva's family. San Leandro High School has posted a memorial of Silva on their website.

The 18-year-old, who is being remembered by classmates and school administrators as 'energetic and full of life,' had been accepted to several colleges and was enrolled at Chabot College.

Cynthia Silva, Silva's mother made a heart-wrenching plea during an interview with ABC7 news on Tuesday asking others to keep one headphone off at all times. 

Cynthia, who believes her daughter was texting and wearing earbuds at the time she was struck told ABC7, "And she's looking down like this and you can't see the arms come down behind her. And the arms came down behind her, she had her headphones in and she couldn't hear the train coming." 

[Related article: Officials ID 18-Year-Old Wearing Headphones Who Was Struck, Killed By Train in…]

ABC7 reported that the vigil will be held at 8 p.m. on May 21 at San Leandro High School.

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