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Fredzania Thompson

Fredzania Thompson

Fredzania Thompson was a 19-year-old aspiring model.

She was a resident of College Station, Texas.


Photo of Fredzania Thompson wearing her volleyball uniform

Photo of Fredzania Thompson wearing her volleyball uniform

Thompson graduated from Navasota High School in Texas. [9] Thompson was enrolled at Blinn College, a junior college. However, she was taking time off to pursue modeling full time. She was majoring in kinesiology. [9]


In her modeling career, Thompson was represented by Explore Talent. [2]According to her fiancé, she was offered several modeling opportunities in the past, but turned them down. [1]


"Long Live Zanie" sign (posted on Facebook by Kalesia Underwood)

"Long Live Zanie" sign (posted on Facebook by Kalesia Underwood)

On March 10, 2017, Thompson was killed by a freight train while standing on train tracks for a photo shoot.

She and her photographer were standing roughly 60 miles northwest of Houston, around 12:45 p.m. local time when two trains approached from opposite directions. [14]

According to Navasota Assistant City Manager and Director of Public Safety Shawn Myatt, both trains were blowing their horns, but as Thompson stepped out of the path of a BNSF train, she moved into the way of a Union Pacific train.

[14]The train had 101 cars loaded with grain and was traveling from Oklahoma to Beaumont.


She died en route to a local hospital.


Following the accident, traffic was stopped in Navasota for more than 5 hours while authorities conducted an investigation.


She died 3 days before her 20th birthday.

A group of loved ones gathered around on what would've been her 20th birthday and set dozens of balloons floating in the sky in memory of Fredzania.


Fredzania Thompson's funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Brosig Auditorium in Navasota, followed with a graveside service in Oakland Cemetery. Before the funeral, the public can pay their respects at a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Psalms Funeral Home. [1] [4]

Her fiancé has established a GoFundMe to assist her family with funeral expenses. [3]

Personal Life

Fredzania Thompson with her fiancee Darnell Chapman.

Fredzania Thompson with her fiancee Darnell Chapman.

Thompson was from a family of 9; she had 5 brothers and 3 sisters.


At the time of her death, she was pregnant and engaged to 25-year-old Earl Chatman [3]at the time of her death; Chatman found out she was pregnant two weeks before her death.

[11]She deeply loved Chatman's 7-year-old son and, according to Chatman, seemed to be a motherly figure to him.


Thompson was a devout Christian.

She had a passion for volleyball and make-up.


She was many things to many people, but ultimately she was a "caring companion."

[1]Her fiancé used to call her "the helper."



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Mar 16, 2017, 8:11 PM
Citation Linktheeagle.comNews report interviewing her Fredzania's fiance.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:26 AM
Citation Linkexploretalent.comHer model profile.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:35 AM
Citation Linkgofundme.comHer GoFundMe.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:42 AM
Citation Linkfacebook.comPsalms Funeral Home posts a photo of Fredzania Thompson announcing details about her funeral
Mar 16, 2017, 6:37 PM
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Mar 16, 2017, 7:24 PM
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Mar 16, 2017, 8:03 PM
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Mar 16, 2017, 7:24 AM
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Mar 16, 2017, 7:27 AM
Citation Linknavasotaexaminer.comThompson's obituary.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:37 AM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comFredzania Thompson with her fiancee Darnell Chapman.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:40 AM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comA collage in honor of Thompson.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:41 AM
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Mar 16, 2017, 3:08 PM
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Mar 16, 2017, 3:13 PM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3-accelerate.amazonaws.comFredzania Thompson posing for a photo shoot in between two train tracks
Mar 16, 2017, 3:20 PM
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Mar 16, 2017, 3:21 PM
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Mar 16, 2017, 3:25 PM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.com"Long Live Zanie" sign (posted on Facebook by Kalesia Underwood)
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