A funeral service was held Monday for a 17-year-old girl, remembered for her “vibrant, bubbly, vivacious soul,” who was fatally struck by a train on her way to Barrington High School.
A visitation for Marin Lacson, 17, of Barrington, was held Monday afternoon through Monday evening at Davenport Family Funeral Home in Lake Zurich. A memorial service followed the visitation.
The family asked the community to consider making a donation in Lacson’s memory to the SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program in lieu of flowers.
Barbara Floyd, a close friend and one of Lacson’s favorite teachers, wrote a public prayer for Lacson.
Floyd described the girl as a “vibrant, bubbly, vivacious soul” that was full of life and love.
“Her light shines so brightly. She is strong, intelligent, fun loving, loyal, generous and so much more. Her compassion and empathy for others is evident in every act of kindness she has shared,” Floyd said.
“She’s a giver and a doer. I picture in my mind her beautiful smile, her joyful and happy spirit. Her character and integrity speak milestones. I always admired her work ethic. One of the gifts I will always treasure most is her soul. She’s a people person who would give anyone the shirt off her back. She cared deeply and invested deeply,” Floyd added.
Lacson was killed around 7:45 a.m. Thursday at the Union Pacific Railroad train tracks in the area of Main Street and Hough Street in Barrington.
She was attempting to walk across the railroad crossing when she was struck by a Metra train.
Kyle Kinnamon told Lake and McHenry County Scanner he was the one who called 911 to report the collision between Lacson and the train.
“This was a devastating accident that happened right in front of me on Route 59 before I got to the light at Main Street,” Kinnamon said, adding that the incident was not a suicide and the gates did not malfunction.
Kinnamon, who works in Barrington at an office two blocks away from the train crossing, said he watched the “life leave this poor girl’s eyes” as he was on the phone with 911.
“She was walking south and the westbound train had just gone through and she must have assumed that was the only one coming because she didn’t stop at the sidewalk, and as soon as she passed the gate the eastbound train came out of the fog and hit her,” Kinnamon said.
“It was all over in seconds,” he added. A dense fog advisory was in effect at the time of the incident.
Officers and paramedics arrived and confirmed Lacson was dead at the scene, officials said. No one else was injured.
Barrington School District 220 Superintendent Dr. Craig Winkelman said in an email to the school community last week that Lacson was a junior at Barrington High School who was in the Chinese Immersion Program.
Marin, who was also on the lacrosse team at the high school, previously attended Countryside Elementary School and Station Middle School.
“Please know we are continuing to do everything we can to help the BHS community cope with Marin’s passing,” Winkelman said.
A candlelight vigil was held Friday evening at Barrington Campus Life Center in Barrington.
Friends and community members packed the building full during the event.
Numerous friends of Lacson, several of whom were crying, spoke out in remembrance of her.
One friend said she had played on many different teams with Lacson, who always managed to make others feel like they were playing really good, even if they were not.
“And she just always knew how to make people feel welcome and if you were like alone, she’d like come up to you, make friends with you,” the friend said.
Another friend said Lacson loved everyone around her and “she was so nice to everyone.”