For those who were wondering who the man was:It was a suicide, my son witnessed the whole thing. They thought he was joking but he was not he just laid his head on the tracks and waited for the train to come. I agree with Lassie, don't involve other people, it will affect them forever! My condolences to the family, I don't know the circumstances, but I am sad to think that he felt this was the only thing left to do
Patrick J. "Rick" Colombo, age 57. Beloved husband of Patricia; dear son of Patrick and Jeanne Colombo; loving brother of Leah (Jim) Bolek, Kevin, Janet (John) Lattmann and Valerie (Michael) Redlich; uncle of five nephews and one niece. Memorial Mass Tuesday, 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills. Please omit flowers. Arrangements handled by Modell Funeral Home.
I am... er, WAS, his nephew (the eldest of the five). I cannot fathom what was going through his head when this seemed like a good idea. I don't know what I could possibly say to explain this to the 4 younger nephews or the step-granddaughter he left behind. The term "Selfish Suiciders" is redundant, I can't think of any act more inherently selfish than suicide.
To those who witnessed it - thanks for letting us know what happened, it's been hard to get details any other way. My apologies to you as well, it's just not right that he decided to end his life in the most grizzly way imaginable that would inflict plenty of distress on lots of other people. And, thanks for your condolences.
As for a motive, your guess is basically as good as mine. I haven't heard any mention of a suicide note. As JJL mentioned, we in the family have been trying to reach out to him for years to no avail. He was just too nice of a guy to say no to people, and it appears his wife and step-daughter living with him just sucked him dry. My guess is he got into drugs (I'm pretty sure the other two were on them), what kind, I don't know. Lord knows what kind of medical bills they all rang up, it seems something was always physically wrong with them all (his wife is presently in a nursing home). The drugs gradually cost him his job, then his house, and now his life.
Rick was a great guy for the majority of my life, really laid back and quiet but kind-hearted. He was also a good co-worker, I worked with him for 2 years at Fermilab (where he worked for 15 years). It's just so sad that drugs got the best of him. If you know anybody with a drug problem, I'd recommend talking to them ASAP - you don't want something like this to happen to someone you care about.
R.I.P., Uncle Rick!