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Remembering Brandal Dustin Shepard

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - Police are waiting for autopsy results on a man who was hit and killed by a train.

21-year-old Brandal Shepard was hit by a train, Sunday afternoon, in the 100 block of Woodrow Street.

"I feel like I'm suffocating, like I can't breathe he was my baby he was only 21," says Patty Holt, Brandal Shepard's mother.

Family say Brandal was heading to a friend's house when he crossed the rail road tracks and was hit.

Officials say Brandal was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, with the hood over his head and had his headphones on.

"I told him over, over and over don't wear your headphones when you're walking down the road or over the tracks," says Holt.

Patty says her son was an artist who was looking to get his GED and go to college.
"Brandal was a good kid everybody loved him he would help anybody who needed help he was a great kid," says Holt.

Brandal was the youngest of four brothers, and the family says Brandal was taken much too soon.

"You know if people see this the only thing I can say is please whatever you do not walk and text when you're near a road or danger do not walk with head phones in because this is living proof that it is really and consequences to happen and I have to live with this for the rest of my life," says Ryan Shepard, Brandal Shepard's brother.

The family says a fund in Brandal Shepard's name has been set up at the Austin Bank in Jacksonville.

Funds will help cover Brandal's funeral services.

Arrangements are still pending.

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