IP community gathers to support family after child dies in tragic train accident

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UPDATE: Dec. 16, 9:17 a.m.

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IOWA PARK (KFDX/KJTL) — The First Baptist Church of Iowa Park opened its doors this evening to provide comfort to a community mourning the death of a 12-year-old who died after what officials are calling a tragic train accident.

Pastors and counselors from across the city broke denominational barriers to unite together at First Baptist Church.

Scripture was read and 12-year-old Shawn Sargent’s life and impact in the community was honored.

The church was full on Sunday evening. It’s a place Sargent knew well.

“Shawn was a member of our Wednesday night programming since he was a child, went through our children’s ministry and then now in our youth ministry so he’s been very special to us,” First Baptist Church of Iowa Park senior pastor Glen Pearce said.

Sargent died Saturday after Iowa Park Police Chief Steve Davis said Sargent was struck by a train.

Davis said the accident happened about 8:45 a.m. off Old Iowa Park Road.

Wichita County officials were also on scene and Iowa Park Police Department officials said the train accident is still under investigation at this time.

This service was meant to bring a sense of comfort to the community.

“I thought about today, the idea of ‘hawk pride,’ we’ve been looking at our football team and all those things but I think this shows ‘hawk pride’ when we come together because everyone is connected one way or another,” Pearce said.

Pearce said this isn’t a time to answer questions, but rather a time to grieve together.

“To have some time to pray, to pray for the family, to pray for our first responders, the engineer on the train and everyone else involved,” Pearce said.

Sargent’s youth pastor decided to share a story of Sargent.

A story he wanted the family to know from a time at vacation bible school about a card that was handed out to every student with four options to a question about a spiritual relationship, the last option on that card is that the person does have a spiritual relationship.

“Yes, I have repented of my sin and placed my faith in Jesus Christ, and Shawn checked that box,” First Baptist Church of Iowa Park lead pastor Josh Fields said.

Pearce wants the family to know that the community hurts with them and they’re here for them throughout what’s to come.

Stay with this story as we update with how this community is holding strong as they face this tragedy.

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