Dead Teen Called a Hero for Pushing Girlfriend Out of Train’s Path

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Hundreds of residents gathered Sunday to mourn a Northern California teen who they hailed as a hero for sacrificing himself by shoving his girlfriend out of the direct path of an oncoming Union Pacific train.

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Mateus Moore and Mickayla Friend were on their way to a Sadie Hawkins dance when the incident occurred, police said.

Mateus Moore, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene Friday after both he and his girlfriend, 16-year-old Mickayla Friend, were hit by the train in Marysville, Calif., just north of Sacramento. Mickayla was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for critical injuries, where she is recovering.

“I’m proud of him. At the same time, I want my son back,” Mateus’ father, Marcus, told Fox 40. “He shoved her out of the way and saved her life.”

Marysville Police Chief David Baker said the teens were headed to a Sadie Hawkins dance at their high school, Marysville Charter Academy of the Arts, when they were struck by the southbound Union Pacific train.

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