The city of Merced is mourning the loss of a young boy.
Merced County Sheriff’s officials confirmed 13-year-old Vincente Mancera was hit and killed by a train Thursday afternoon by the G Street overpass near 23rd Street.
Merced City School District said Mancera was a seventh grade student at Hoover Middle School.
“There have definitely been a lot of tears here today at Hoover Middle school and throughout the Merced City School District and our community,” said Merced City School District Public Information Officer Sara Sandrik.
Additional counselors were provided Friday for students and staff at Hoover Middle School to help them cope with the loss. The school canceled their carnival which was planned for Friday evening, saying they will reschedule at a later date.
“We actually have several different rooms here where people can go, speak with counselors and just kind of take a moment, write a letter, just take a moment and get out of the classroom, and they are taking advantage of that,” said Sandrik.
The school is reinforcing the message of train safety and reminding students of the safe ways to cross the tracks.
“It just sounded louder than usual… even my ears were hurting,” said Vida Hernandez.
Hernandez was working at the Pro Shine Car Wash nearby when the incident happened. She said a group of young boys ran over yelling for someone to call 911, saying their friend was hit by a train.
District officials said a tribute or memorial service will be planned in the near future.