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Bayport boy, 14, killed by LIRR train, railroad says

A 14-year-old Bayport boy was killed after being hit by an LIRR train Monday night, MTA Police said.

Christopher Coluccio was found next to the tracks near the Patchogue LIRR station around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police spokesman Aaron Donovan said. He had been walking on the tracks, the MTA said.

Donovan said the investigation is ongoing and that police notified the boy’s family and school district.

Bayport-Blue Point Superintendent Timothy Hearney, in a statement, said: "As many of you know, this has been a difficult week, and unlike any other for our school community."

Coluccio was a ninth-grader at Bayport-Blue Point High School, Hearney said.

"Chris was extremely intelligent, had a great sense of humor, enjoyed wrestling, played golf and was well-liked by all," Hearney's statement said. "I know he will be greatly missed by everyone in our school district and beyond."

On Tuesday afternoon, Hearney released another statement that acknowledged the death of Gabrielle Petito, 22, a 2017 graduate of the local high school. Petito's body was found Sunday following a lengthy police and FBI search in Wyoming.

"We know that the loss of another young member of our BBP community in such a short time is most devastating," Hearney said.

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