"She was a caring and a loving mother," said her older brother Daniel O'Garro, 69, a retired police officer who lives in San Antonio. "I loved her and miss her terribly."
Lorraine O'Garro, 54, was hit by a southbound 1 train at the 207th Street subway station around 10:30 a.m. on Monday and pronounced dead at the scene, family members and officials said.
A preliminary investigation revealed that she might have fallen onto the tracks while walking in between subway cars and losing her footing, according to the NYPD.
"Sadly, yesterday's incident provides a clear example of why riding between subway cars is dangerous and why it is prohibited," MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz in an email.
Lorraine had two grown daughters, and she and her siblings grew up in The Bronx, starting off in the Patterson Houses before moving north to Co-op City, Daniel said. Her daughters could not be reached for comment.
Although Daniel said he and Lorraine had drifted apart later in life, he still spoke affectionately about his younger sister.
"I just want to say that I love her, and she was a good, caring person," he said.
Lorraine's older brother Lester O'Garro, a 65-year-old retired parole officer who lives in Dallas, discussed his sister in glowing terms as well, describing her as a smart and joyful woman.
"She was a very intelligent young lady, happy-go-lucky, like a straight A student most of her life," he said.
He was not sure where Lorraine was working at the time of her death but said she had previously been employed as a dental hygienist.
The family has not finalized funeral arrangements yet, but services will likely take place at Granby's Funeral Home in Wakefield.
"Most of our burials have been there over the years," said Lester.
Lorraine had overcome several obstacles in her life, including a brutal assault when she was in her early 20s, making her sudden passing all the more tragic, Lester said.
"It's just sad to overcome so much and then die like that," he said.