Memorial grows for woman struck by train

Published: Mar. 12, 2017 at 10:17 PM CDT
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A community continues to mourn the loss of a woman who died Friday when a train struck her in Navasota during a photo shoot.

Along the train tracks in Navasota, a bright memorial stands in honor of Thompson, better known to friends and family as "Zanie.”

Sunday, Sambreia Glover added black balloons, the exact balloons she said Zanie was holding in the photo shoot.

"I've made all of this, the sign and everything. So yeah, just want to add to it and show her that we love her and we will forever miss her," said Glover.

Glover said Zanie was more than a cousin to her; she was her best friend, and teammate so picking her favorite photos was easy.

It was Zanie's dream to model.

Two volleyballs sit underneath her photos, both with countless signatures and words of grief and support.

At 5'11 Glover said Zanie was a force on the volleyball team.

"Isn't she stunning? Look at her volleyball picture,” said Glover.

Zanie was nineteen years old, she would have turned 20 on Monday.

"Everyone knew the real Zanie. You know like I said very free spirited, just goofy everyone loved her, she never met a stranger. She was just very friendly and sweet,” said Glover.

Glover said the Blinn College student was engaged to be married, and was just beginning to build a future.

"It's tough, but God makes no mistakes. It was just her time, but yeah she will be truly missed,” said Glover.

The photographer was unharmed.

The train was headed to Beaumont hauling over a hundred grain cars.

A spokesman for Union Pacific said typically the train goes an estimated 50 miles-per-hour in the area of downtown Navasota.