Gay youth killed after being struck by Metra train

Wed. October 3, 2012 4:21 PM by News Staff

Chicago, IL - A 20-year-old man was killed Tuesday when struck by a Metra train in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

The victim was identified as Jermaine Murray of the 7300 block of South Woodlawn Ave.

"Jermaine was a popular and well known member of the black LGBT youth community, and his death comes as a tragic loss to a number of youth across this city," said Frank Walker, president of Youth Pride Services, a South Side organization predominately serving LGBT youth of color.

The train struck Murray at about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday at 53rd Street.

A Metra spokesperson told the Windy City Times that the engineer tried to stop the train but was unable to do so in time.