According to their friends and families, sixteen-year old Gina Gentile and fifteen-year old Vanessa Dorwart were vivacious and popular high school sophomores who showed little indication of the depression that would later cause them to take their lives. On February 25 of this year, Gentile, along with a friend cut class at their Norwood, PA high school. They then went to the Norwood regional rail station where they met up with Vanessa Dorwart. As the 10:28 train traveling from Boston to Washington approached the station, Gentile stood on the tracks where she was joined by Dorwart. Although the third girl (who has not been named in the media) begged them to get off the tracks, both girls hugged one another as the train, traveling at 110 miles per hour, struck and killed them both. A ticket reported seeing the girls arguing and one of them talking on a cell phone just minutes before the fatality occurred. Police have ruled the deaths as suicides and suggested that they had been part of a deliberate suicide pact.
The apparently premeditated deaths of two teenagers has been devastating both for their families as well as the entire town. There seemed few clues as to what the deceased had been planning although Gina Gentle, whose father had several years previously, was reportedly distraught by the accidental death of her boyfriend, Bill Bradley, in January. The night before their deaths, Gina Gentile had gathered with friends to commemorate Bradley's passing and had written that, "Life without you here is not going to be the same". Vanessa Dorwart had also been feeling despondent and had written about her depression on her Facebook page. A candlelight vigil for both girls has recently been held at the Norwood train station.For more information.