An unidentified person was hit and killed by a train in Odessa on the 9th of November.

The Highway Patrol later named the victim as Matthew Jeffers, 40. The report indicates he laid across the tracks at an intersection as the train was approaching.

He was pronounced dead after being transported to Lafayette County Regional Hospital.

His memorial was held on the 13th of November. Jeffers is survied by five children; Veronica Robie, Bryson Jeffers, Tucker and Kaitlyn Hotchkin & Makenzie Jeffers; life partner Niki Hyder, and parents Jerry and Glenda Jeffers.

KMZU has a policy of not reporting suicides, but covered this story because the circumstances of his death were very public.

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