Staten Island Girl Killed by Train had Been Bullied, Friends Say

By Mary JohnsonNicholas Rizzi and Aidan Gardiner  on October 24, 2012 4:51pm  | Updated on October 25, 2012 9:44am

STATEN ISLAND — A 15-year-old girl who died after jumping in front of a Staten Island train was the victim of bullying, friends said.

Witnesses said Felicia Garcia looked distressed at Huguenot Station in Woodrow before she was hit by a train just after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

A 14-year-old classmate who saw her said she kept asking people when the train was coming.

"When it arrived, she said, 'Finally, yes it's here,'" said the friend.

"She just jumped."

Just before her death, Garcia had tweeted, "I can't, I'm done, I give up."

She died Wednesday night at Staten Island University Hospital South, FDNY and NYPD officials said.

Friends and classmates took to Facebook and Twitter, adopting the hashtag “#RIPFeliciaGarcia,” to mourn her death and decry the bullying she endured.

“She got bullied in the school, especially by the football players, because she looked different and had piercings,” classmate Amanda Liquori told the New York Post.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott reached out to Garcia’s guardian and a crisis team was sent to Tottenville High School, where she went, according to a Department of Education spokeswoman.

The 14-year-old witness described Garcia as a nice and adventurous girl.

“She was an outgoing person,” she said. 

 Felicia Garcia was struck by a Staten Island Railway train on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.
Felicia Garcia was struck by a Staten Island Railway train on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.
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