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A St. Francis High School teacher has been identified as the woman killed by a freight train Saturday afternoon, school officials confirm.

Kathy Carlisle was said to have been trying take pictures when she was hit by a Union Pacific train near Elvas Avenue and 65th Street around 2:30 p.m. Carlisle was a media arts and photography teacher.

“The entire St. Francis community mourns this tremendous loss of our colleague and friend. We pray that Kathy’s family and friends feel God’s tender mercy and love in the difficult days and weeks to come,” wrote St. Francis’ president Margo Reid Brown in a statement.

Carlisle was not at a designated railroad crossing when she was hit. She was declared dead at the scene.

In addition to teaching photography, she also taught painting and sculpting. Carlisle had been working at St. Francis for the past six years. She leaves behind a husband and three children.

Monday classes at St. Francis are canceled. A memorial service to be held at 8:15 a.m. Monday in the school gym.


Kathy Carlisle (Photo from St. Francis’ website)