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Vigil for Jenna Betti brings hundreds of friends and family to mourn together

Tuesday evening a vigil for Jenna Betti was held in Martinez, Calif. as friends and family remembered the teen killed by a train. The Mercury News shared the details on March 4.

A vigil for Jenna Betti brought out hundreds of mourners
A vigil for Jenna Betti brought out hundreds of mourners
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Betti, 14, was struck and killed by a train Sunday afternoon. The eighth grader and another person, said to be her boyfriend, were on the tracks when a five-locomotive train came along. Sources indicate that Jenna had gotten off the track, and then returned, seemingly to try to retrieve her phone.

A long line formed at the vigil for Jenna Betti as people arrived to share their support with the teen's family. Jenna is said to have been very well-loved throughout the community. She loved her younger sisters dearly, and she embraced Disney songs and the color pink. Friends described the popular soccer player as having an “electrifying laugh and constant smile” as they mourned at the vigil for Jenna Betti.

Huffington Post shares that Betti and her boyfriend were off the tracks with room to spare, but then Jenna raced back to try to get her phone. Her mother wrote via Facebook that the family was told the train creates a vacuum as it passes, and sadly Jenna was simply sucked in after she misjudged how much room and time she had. Tragically she was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident.

CBS San Francisco notes that hundreds of tweets with the hashtag #pinkforjenna flooded Twitter after news of her passing spread, and the love for the teen was clear as hundreds attended the vigil for Jenna Betti.