Two days after 16-year-old Kimberly Jimenez-Soto was struck and killed by a freight train, her family, friends and Santa Clarita community members showed an outpour of support Sunday to raise funds for the teen’s funeral.
Two events were held to raise funds for Jimenez-Soto’s family — a car wash and a food sale.
“She was a sweetheart. she was the most amazing, beautiful girl ever,” said Juliana Georgy, a 15-year-old friend of Jimenez-Soto.
The teen was a junior at Golden Valley High School.
“I miss her smile around me. She was a really good person,” she said. “I wasn’t that close to her but she mean a lot, we lost someone.”
A coroner’s official said Sunday that preliminary reports indicate Jimenez-Soto’s death was a suicide. Homicide officials are still investigating, but they were not available Sunday.
A GoFundMe page was setup to help the family raise funds for the teens funeral.
Fundraising For A Good Cause
The food sale held at Canyon Country Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. was run by friends and family. The family and friends sold tacos and sodas among other foods.
Many of Jimenez-Soto’s family and close friends did not want to comment and requested privacy.
“She always had a smile on her face,” said 15-year-old classmate Kiera Davis. “She kind of stayed to herself.”
Dozens of community members came to the Canyon Country Park to show their support.
“We’re just here to support. The news came around from friends to friends,” said Felix Garcia. “It s a small Spanish community. We decided why not come over and help. We’re with the Outlaws organization, cheerleading and football. I help (Jimenez-Soto’s aunt) with cooking at the events. We all have kids and we never know when we’ll be next. As a small community, we want to come out and support them and chip in.”
A car wash was held in the parking lot of Pep Boysnear Home Depot in Canyon Country, just a couple blocks from where Jimenez-Soto was killed.
Close friends and family washed several cars throughout the day to raise funds for the teen’s funeral.
A close friend of the teen was one of the organizers of the car wash and did not want to comment.
The family plans to host more events to raise money for the teen’s funeral, Garcia said.
Apparent Cause of Death
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Division officials reported the cause of death as “an apparent suicide” and that she was “standing in front of the train when it struck her,” said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s Office.
Jimenez-Soto was struck by a train at 10:20 a.m. Friday, near the corner of Ruether Avenue and Soledad Canyon Road, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials.
A memorial was set up next to the train tracks where she was found near Rainbow Glen.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies are investigating a report of a pedestrian killed by a freight train Friday morning, officials said.
Initial reports indicated Jimenez-Soto’s death might have been an accident, as opposed to a suicide attempt.
Eastbound Soledad Canyon Road at Rainbow Glen was shut down Friday as officials worked around the collision scene.
Homicide Bureau detectives did handling Jimenez-Soto’s case did not immediately respond to a request for a statement.