Johnston County teens killed by train remembered by classmates at tearful vigil

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WTVD) -- A somber ceremony was held Thursday evening at Smithfield-Selma High School in Johnston County.

The candlelight vigil was held to remember and honor two students killed a week ago when they were hit by an Amtrak train.

Tears flowed as students watched a video and listened to a member of the senior class talk about how to pick up the pieces after a tragedy.

Robert Jeffrey Naughton, 17, and Alan Morey Peedin, 18, were hit and killed on railroad tracks in Smithfield.

A railroad official told a 911 operator that one of the boys was lying on the track and the other appeared to be trying to pull him off.

The boys were sophomores at their school where students were stunned by their sudden deaths.

Authorities haven't said if they know what was happening in the seconds before the boys were hit.

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