Man Fatally Hit by Train Remembered as Aspiring Mathematician, Loving Brother and Son

SACRAMENTO — A tutor, a teacher and an aspiring mathematician — that’s how family describes a man struck and killed by a train near Elvas Avenue and Folsom Boulevard Wednesday morning.

Erik Castillo was 27 years old.

“This was so unexpected. Nobody knew this was going to happen,” said his sister Jessica Castillo.

Erik Castillo had at one time worked as a math tutor at Mathnasium in Elk Grove and in the before-school START program for the Sacramento Unified School District.

“Mr. Castillo was a positive role model for children and will be hard to replace,” said  Stacey Ault Bell, director of Youth Development Support Services for Sacramento Unified School District. “We are working closely with the school to ensure that students are supported and cared for as news of Mr. Castillo’s passing spreads.”

Castillo’s sister said he was also very caring for the children in his own family.

“He loved working with kids,” she said.

Castillo’s dream was to become a university math teacher, she said.

In a bitter coincidence, it was his 27th birthday Wednesday.

“He was a great guy. Very loving. Very loving to the community. He was a loving brother, a loving son,” said Jessica Castillo.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to pay for funeral expenses.