The third Lake Forest High School student struck and killed by a Metra train since the beginning of the year has been identified as the son of
President Stephen Schutt.
The body of a man believed to be about 18 years old was discovered Sunday morning by police near the tracks south of Old Elm Road. The victim's father confirmed Sunday night that the man was Lake Forest High School senior Edward Schutt.
"We miss him very much," Schutt said.
Edward Schutt is the third student to be fatally struck by a Metra train in less than three months. The first victim, Lake Forest High School sophomore Farid Hussain, 15, died Jan. 9.
With the community and student body still struggling to come to grips with the tragedy, William Laskero-Teskoski, 15, was struck and killed near the 1400 block of North Western Avenue in the morning of Feb. 28 by a train going to Chicago from Kenosha, according to Metra. Laskero-Teskoski was a good student, an athlete and well-liked by his peers, the principal said after the second incident.
In a statement issued Sunday, Lake Forest High School Principal Jay Hoffmann broke the news of Schutt's death in an email Sunday to parents.
"It is with indescribable (sorrow) that I am writing once again to inform you of the loss of one of our students," he said in the email. "Early Sunday morning, senior Edward Schutt was hit by a Metra train and has died."
Hoffmann also described Schutt as a good student.
"Ed was a talented and bright student and will be missed," he said. "We send our deepest sympathies to the family as the LFHS school community mourns the loss of one of our own."
Police said it appeared that Schutt had been struck by the train. Lake County coroner Artis Yancey said the man's injuries were consistent with his having been struck by a train.
An examination of his body will be made to determine whether an autopsy will be needed, Yancey said.
Lake Forest College officials on Sunday offered grief counseling to faculty and staff and offered condolences to Schutt, his wife, Lori, and children
. Funeral arrangements were pending. Stephen Schutt has been president of the small liberal arts college since 2001.