Community Deeply Misses Teenage Train Crash Victim


Logan McKibben, 14, was on a bicycle when deputies say he was struck and killed by a train Sunday near Macon and Wilson streets in Bement.

People who know Logan say the boy's diagnoses of autism didn't stop him from winning medals at the Special Olympics, playing baseball and reading countless books at the library.

"He was so exuberant and loved life so much," said Janet Perry with the Bement Public Library. "Love life, love your family. Love your kids. You just don't know when something can be taken away from you."

Logan checked out stacks of books several times per week since he was a small child, Perry said.

"Yes, Logan had autism, but he was very, very high functioning because he would read these books with lots of detail," Perry said.

It wasn't only books Logan was passionate about.

He also played baseball and won two medals at the Illinois Special Olympics.

"People loved him," Perry said. "He was friendly. He was courteous. He was fun to watch."

Many in the community had a close bond with Logan, Perry said.

"The community, it hits us all here too," she said. "People that come in, everybody is in shock."

There has been an outpouring of support and kindness to Logan's mom in the days after he died, Perry said.

"In small towns things like this happen and the community just comes together. Someone told me today that there have been people visiting her. People are bringing lots of food to her."

Visitation for Logan McKibben will be Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Monticello United Methodist Church.

The funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home.

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