SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Students at St. Francis Catholic High School are mourning a beloved teacher who was struck and killed by a train over the weekend.

Kathy Carlise was taking a picture of a train right near the Sacramento school at 5900 Elva Avenue when she was killed Saturday afternoon.

“It’s hard and no one is dealing with it well,” one student said.

Even students who didn’t take her class were touched by Carlise, who was in her sixth year there teaching art and photography.

“She’s really nice,” a student said. “She was always smiling and just such a positive person around the campus.”

The cause of death is almost unimaginable. Carlisle was struck and killed by a train Saturday just a few hundred yards from the school.

The 52-year-old visual arts teacher died doing something she loved – snapping photographs of a train when she was hit.

Most students showed up on campus Monday morning already knowing the tragic news. She leaves behind a husband and three children, including a freshman at St. Francis.

“I found out through Facebook,” one said. “We had a prayer service this morning and school got dismissed at 10:30.”

Grief counselors remained on campus for students needing help.

“People need to recover, and it’s really hard to cope with all of this,” said a student.

Students say it’ll take a lot of time and a lot of prayer before they heal, but they will always remember their beloved teacher.

“I knew she was really nice, she always wore lots of colors, and she was always really happy,” one said.

Not only does Carlisle leave behind students, but she leaves behind a husband and three children.


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