ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Friends and relatives of an Odessa woman killed early Sunday morning in a train accident spoke with NewsWest 9 about their grief.
Abigail Alvarez, 21, brought "so much love and light to everyone's lives," her family said.
According to Odessa Police, she was walking towards Highway 80, near Rocky Lane Road, after her vehicle became stuck on the train tracks.
A Union Pacific train hit and killed Alvarez around 3 a.m., investigators said.
"Her vehicle was stuck on one track and as she was walking, she got struck on different tracks," Odessa Police spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur explained. "She happened to cross right at the last moment."
The 21-year-old was finishing up coursework in a radiology program and working at Albertson's on 8th Street.
Her co-worker and close friend, Araly Acosta, said she had "no words" to describe the pain of her loss.
"Abby was my best friend since 9th grade at [Odessa High School]," she told NewsWest 9. "She was just always smiling [and] always there for everybody... Words cannot describe how beautiful of a person Abigail was."
Acosta and other colleagues decorated a table at the front entrance of Albertson's with flowers, photos and a poster of Alvarez.
"We had co-workers drop down to their knees [when they heard about her death]," Acosta said. "All of us are in disbelief."
Alvarez's family said they were too consumed with grief to speak on camera, but shared the following statement with NewsWest 9:
"Our beloved Abigail Alvarez was a brilliant, hardworking, caring and kind-hearted young woman. It is difficult to put into words the sadness we feel. She brought so much love and light to all of our lives. Out of 30 applicants, she was one of 16 chosen for the Odessa College radiology program. She was just recently taking her clinicals. We thank the community, the staff and employees of Albertson's for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. Her legacy and memory will live on in the hearts of those she touched."