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Cordova High community raises funds for burial of student hit by train

Mariah Burgess
Mariah Burgess

Cordova High School, its parent-teacher association and a Rancho Cordova restaurant will hold a fundraiser Friday to help with burial costs for Mariah Burgess, the teenager killed Nov. 13 by a light-rail train.

Straw Hat Pizza, 2929 Mather Field Road, will donate half of the proceeds of every pizza purchase to the Parent Teacher Student Association for the high school, where Burgess was a freshman. All funds raised will go to Burgess’ family for burial costs.

Straw Hat also has agreed to give $1 of every full-price lunch or dinner special and buffet to the effort. Customers must mention the high school PTSA.

A public memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Monday at Cordova Neighborhood Church at 10600 Coloma Road in Rancho Cordova.

Burgess, 15, was struck at about 2:50 p.m. Nov. 13 while walking across tracks that run parallel to Folsom Boulevard at Coloma Road in Rancho Cordova. Alane Masui, spokeswoman for Regional Transit, said witnesses reported that Burgess walked into the path of the eastbound train.

Call The Bee’s Loretta Kalb, (916) 321-1073. Follow her on Twitter @LorettaSacBee.