Eighth grader killed in train tragedy

Richland Junior High teen hit by train Tuesday

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Shafter's Richland Junior High School was in mourning Wednesday after losing a student and community member, Nathaniel "Nate"  Bojorquez.  

"They've been crying all day since the start when they found out," said Isaac Martinez, a friend of Bojorquez.

Many even writing Nathaniel Bojorquez on their arms. 

This after the teen was killed by an Amtrak train Tuesday afternoon. 

It happened around two o'clock on the railroad tracks near Central Ave, just west of Highway 43.

A photo of Bojorquez was shared repeatedly on social media by students and community members.

Martinez  said he was bullied at school. 

"Just people telling him negative things, and asking me 'What should I do,' and I told him keep your head up don't let people like that get to you," said Martinez.

He added bullying may have led him to the tracks.

"I knew he heard the train, he could see it. I mean, I think he had to think about it and i think he stood there on purpose," said Martinez. 

Richland School District Superintendent Dr. Dago Garcia wrote a letter to parents describing Bojorquez as a kind young man who laughed often and loved video games and listening to music. 

The district with assistance from the Kern County Office of Education says it is providing counseling to students who request it. 

Martinez hoped to get a message across to bullies.

"People out there who are telling other people things to stop because they could get somebody there like that in a heartbeat. so just keep your negative words to yourself.

We reached out to BNSF, as the Amtrak train was using its rails, but we have not heard back as of news time. 

Richland School District also encouraged parents to speak with their children about being safe while walking to and from school


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