Teens hit by train were part of suicide pact
Gina Gentile and Vanessa Dorwart , ages 15 and 16, were likely part of a suicide pact with a group of teenagers, police told family members -- and that Gentile and Dorwart probably kept that pact Thursday morning.
Gentile was upset over the recent death of a boyfriend who had been struck and killed while riding his bike, and Dorwart was despondent over a recent break-up, according to Facebook postings.
Gentile, Dorwart and a third Interboro High School girl, Kelly Cashwell, all left school Thursday morning, according to school officials.
The three girls were seen by a SEPTA ticket agent yelling or arguing on the southbound train platform, and one of them was talking on a cell phone, just minutes before Gentile and Dorwart were fatally struck at 10:28 a.m. by a high-speed Acela train coming up from Washington, D.C.
How many more teens may have been part of the alleged pact is still unknown. Cashwell was cooperating with police and remains in crisis counseling.
The night before the girls' deaths, several teens gathered to share stories and poems about their lost friend, Bradley, Gentile's grandmother told the Inquirer.
The cell phones of Dorwart, 15, and Gentile, 16, were found intact at the scene, and police were sending the phones to a forensic lab to see the last texts the teens sent before they died.
Family and friends told NBC Philadelphia that Gentile was heartbroken over the recent death of her boyfriend. The Interboro High School sophomore was dating 17-year-old Bill Bradley for a year when he was struck and killed by a car while biking over to see her on Jan. 19, Gentile's grandmother, Rosalia Giordano, told the Inquirer.