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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.

Education

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]

Career

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]

Death

"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.

[13]

She died en route to a local hospital.

[1]

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

[13]

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.

[19]

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.

[10]

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.

[1]

Thompson was a devout Christian.

She had a passion for volleyball and make-up.

[3]

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

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

[22]

References

[1]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPhoto of Fredzania Thompson wearing her volleyball uniform (source: CW33)
Mar 16, 2017, 8:11 PM
[2]
Citation Linktheeagle.comNews report interviewing her Fredzania's fiance.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:26 AM
[3]
Citation Linkexploretalent.comHer model profile.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:35 AM
[4]
Citation Linkgofundme.comHer GoFundMe.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:42 AM
[5]
Citation Linkfacebook.comPsalms Funeral Home posts a photo of Fredzania Thompson announcing details about her funeral
Mar 16, 2017, 6:37 PM
[6]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comFredzania Thompson smiles as she takes a selfie in a black shirt and a white hat; source: Facebook
Mar 16, 2017, 7:24 PM
[7]
Citation Linkcnn.comCNNarticle on Fredzania Thompson: "Aspiring teen model struck by train during photo shoot" (by Stephanie Gallman)
Mar 16, 2017, 8:03 PM
[8]
Citation Linkabc30.comThompson was hit by a train.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:24 AM
[9]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3-accelerate.amazonaws.comFredzania Thompson modeling.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:25 AM
[10]
Citation Linkfacebook.comThompson on Facebook.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:27 AM
[11]
Citation Linknavasotaexaminer.comThompson's obituary.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:37 AM
[12]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comFredzania Thompson with her fiancee Darnell Chapman.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:40 AM
[13]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comA collage in honor of Thompson.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:41 AM
[14]
Citation Linknavasotaexaminer.comNavasota Examiner article on Fredzania Thompson dying in a train accident
Mar 16, 2017, 3:08 PM
[15]
Citation Linkbuzzfeed.comBuzzFeedarticle on Fredzania Thompson
Mar 16, 2017, 3:13 PM
[16]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3-accelerate.amazonaws.comFredzania Thompson posing for a photo shoot in between two train tracks
Mar 16, 2017, 3:20 PM
[17]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comFredzania Thompson posing in a pink top
Mar 16, 2017, 3:21 PM
[18]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comFredzania Thompson in white
Mar 16, 2017, 3:25 PM
[19]
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.com"Long Live Zanie" sign (posted on Facebook by Kalesia Underwood)
Mar 16, 2017, 3:39 PM
[20]
Citation Linkyoutube.comKBTXinterviews Fredzania Thompson's loved ones
Mar 16, 2017, 3:51 PM