MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — A Memphis family is in mourning after a teenager was hit and killed by a train early Friday morning.
A family has come together in search of strength following the death of Jayden Benton, who died near Haynes and Southern Avenue after being hit by a train.
“It’s like a bad dream at the moment,” Benton’s aunt, Shunta Wright, said.
“When I got that phone call I hollered,” said David Ray Jr., Benton’s uncle. “I can’t believe it, my oldest nephew just gone. (I’m) still mad, still frustrated. I know he is in a better place.”
Investigators with Memphis Police have not released any details about the incident other than confirming Benton’s death, which has his family calling for more transparency from everyone involved.
“I just really wanna know what actually happened,” said another aunt of Benton, Sharon Conley. “That’s what I really wanna know. The truth, and maybe we will get some kind of closure. His mother will get some kind of closure.”
Despite questions remaining, Benton’s family chooses to remember the Melrose High School senior as a light that dimmed way too soon.
“He was a happy kid. He was down to earth. He made you smile when he entered the room,” Conley said. “You gone smile because he gone say something funny. He was Jayden.”
Benton’s family has started a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.
News 2’s sister station, WREG, reached out for comment from the company that operates the railway where the family said Benton was hit, but has yet to hear back.