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Mother seeks answers in daughter's death


BARSTOW • Nearly three weeks after the death of her daughter, El Paso resident Jo Little seeks answers about the tragic incident that took place Nov. 23.

Little said her daughter died after being struck by a train near Interstate 15 and First Street, and has heard different stories about Brandy Walker’s death.

“One of the stories I have heard was she was murdered and placed on the railroad tracks,” Little said. “The story officials told me was the train conductor saw her running across the tracks, attempting to beat the train. I just don’t know. I don’t know why there hasn’t been much information or why there haven’t been any reports of her death online.”

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department spokeswoman Sandy Fatland confirmed Walker’s death and said she was not working during the time of the incident and does not know why a coroner’s report was not posted on the Sheriff’s Department website.

According to Fatland, at approximately 11:51 p.m., the Barstow Police Department received a call of a woman who was struck by a train while attempting to cross four railroad tracks on foot, south of the 1700 block of Riverside Drive. Fatland said Walker, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities several minutes after midnight Nov. 24.

Fatland could not provide anymore information and said the BPD is investigating the incident.

Barstow Police Chief Albert Ramirez said a preliminary investigation has concluded and the BPD is awaiting final results for the coroner’s autopsy results. Ramirez confirmed Fatland’s statements on Walker’s death, but could not provide more detailed information.

BNSF spokeswoman Lena Kent also did not have further information, but confirmed Walker was trying to run across the tracks when she was struck.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the Barstow Police Department at 760-256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-782-7463.

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