5:07 p.m. Sunday, March 25
In an email sent out to the Lake Forest College community by Dean Flot, dean of students at Lake Forest College, confirmed the president's son was the victim struck by a train and killed early Sunday morning.
"Obviously this is a very sad and upsetting situation, and we understand that some support might be helpful. I encourage you to reach out to each other, family, friends, or anyone you feel comfortable speaking with," Flot wrote.
Flot advised LFC students that counselors are available during the week, and after hours at (847) 735-5555.
"Our hearts go out to President Schutt, his wife Lori, and their children William and Mary," Flot wrote.
4:48 p.m. Sunday, March 25
Edward Schutt, who was struck and killed by a Metra train in the early morning hours of Sunday, was the son of Lake Forest College president Stephen Schutt.
The elder Schutt has been president at the college since 2001. Edward was one of three children.
4:10 p.m. Sunday, March 25
In an e-mail to parents, Lake Forest High School principal Jay Hoffman identified the teen struck by a train early this morning as senior Edward Schutt.
"Ed was a talented and bright student and will be missed," Hoffman wrote.
With school out on spring break this coming week, Hoffman indicate students can speak with members of the CROYA staff. CROYA is open 10 a.m.t o 3 p.m. during the week.
Once school resumes April 2, the high school's student support personnel will be available in Room 160J.
Schutt was an honor roll student more than once as noted in the Lake Forest High School report from September of last year. (See Class of 2012: Honor Roll Semester 2, 2010-2011).
As a freshman, Schutt received a Cum Laude award as a second year student taking the National Latin Exam.
1:09 p.m. Sunday, march 25
In a brief press release from Lake Forest Police, the victim is confirmed as being 18 years old.
The name is not being released at the direction of the Lake County Coroner's office.
11:48 a.m. Sunday march 25
Lake Forest blogger Ralph Keen says what many of us are feeling in light of this third train-related death in as many months: Not Again.
Feel free to add your comments.
11:07 a.m., Sunday, March 25
Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said the young male was struck by a train between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
"The train that hit the young man didn't realize it," Davis said in a voicemail.
Davis said Union Pacific officials are attempting to determine what train hit the white male identified only as 18 years old.
The body has not been identified pending notification of relatives.
Davis said their investigation continues.
Lake Forest Deputy Chief Jim Held said they will view Metra video to determine what train hit the young man. "There are not a lot of trains running during that time," Held said.
Railroad service was delayed for approximately 3 hours during the investigation and was restored at approximately 10:30 a.m., according to Lake Forest police.
10:50 am. Sunday, March 25
For the third time in three months, another young man has been hit by a train Sunday morning in Lake Forest.
This time the victim is a white male, in his late teens or early 20s, according to Lake Forest Deputy Chief Jim Held.
Held said police received a call at 7:30 a.m. Sunday from the southbound Union Pacific train saying they had seen "the possibility of a body" near the tracks in the 700 block of South Sheridan Road between Westleigh Avenue and Old Elm Road.
"At this point, we're not sure what time this happened, but it was before 7:30 a.m.," Held said. "There were no witnesses that we are aware of at this time."
The Lake County Coroner's office was on the scene, and cause of death will be determined by them.
This incident follows two others involving Lake Forest High School students, and , both 15. Hussain walked in front of a Metra train Jan. 9 on his way to school and it was later ruled a suicide by the Lake County Coroner's office.
Laskero-Teskoski's was also struck by a southbound train Feb. 28 on his way to school. The official cause of death has not been released by the coroner's office.
Lake Forest-Lake Buff Patch will continue to update this story as information is released.