Feb 22, 2014 10:56 PM

Family Remembers Man Killed By Train

Family and friends of the Lexington man hit and killed by a train earlier this week came together for a heart felt memorial Saturday night at Old Paris Road Church of God.

With candles and balloons in hand dozens gathered in the church parking lot wearing lime green, the favorite color of the young man hit and killed by a train just 3 days ago.

"I think all of us gathered here to make sure Dante's spirit is at peace," said his aunt Veronica Meritt.

20-year-old Zach "Dante" Means was riding his bicycle along the train tracks that run parallel to North Broadway, when a train hit him. He died shortly after.

The vigil was held just feet from the railroad track where Zach died. His family says it's a route he often took with his bike.

"He went all over Lexington on that bike," said his mom April Santos.

Saturday night his mother set out a memorial wreathe near the tracks and recalled the last time she saw her only son.

"I came home from work and I was tired and Zach said, 'mom, do you want me to wash your clothes for you? I know you're tired.' I said, 'Sure, that would be great.' And I went to go to my room, and I said, 'I love you.' And he said, 'I love you, Mama.' And that was the last thing that he said to me," said Santos.

That was the night before the accident and a memory she'll cherish forever.

The visitation for Zach Means is Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at Fender Funeral Home in Lexington.


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