Archive for Thursday, April 20, 2006

Baker University mourns following death of senior

April 20, 2006

Funeral services for Jeff Morgan, the 23-year-old Baker University student killed last week by a train near Edgerton, were Tuesday in Emporia. Baker had a memorial service for him on Easter Sunday.

Morgan was struck by the train at the 199th Street railroad crossing just south of U.S. Highway 56 at around 2:18 a.m. Thursday. Johnson County Sheriff's Office Lt. John Resman said the department's investigation was unable to determine what happened.

The Johnson County department has listed suicide as a possibility, but Morgan's mother, Joy Morgan of Emporia, denies that and says investigators have told her he could have been involved in an accident, become disoriented and stumbled onto the train tracks.

Resmen isn't sure.

"He could have been walking along the tracks and just stumbled into the oncoming train," said Resman. "We will never know."

He also said there is no evidence of an accident.

"His car is driveable," said Resman. "It's the same condition he drove up in. We towed it away because that's our standard practice."

Toxicology reports won't be available for possibly a month.

Morgan took part in many Baker activities, including football, and was involved with the campus radio station which helped him land an internship with Q104 FM, a Kansas City country and western station. He was pursuing a country music career and planned to attend a Nashville, Tenn., medical school so he could pursue both music and medicine.

The Baker campus was saddened by his passing.

"It is difficult to imagine a more devastating loss," said Dan Lambert, Baker University president. "We extend our deepest sympathy to the Morgan family and will hold them in our prayers during the days just ahead."

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