Crozet man killed by train

Matthew Shannon was killed on the Crozet train tracks on September 2. Photo courtesy of his family Matthew Shannon was killed on the Crozet train tracks on September 2. Photo courtesy of his family

On September 2 around 8:25pm, Albemarle police say a 22-year-old male was hit and killed by a train in Crozet about 100 yards east of Starr Hill Brewery.

This man has been identified as Matthew Michael Shannon of Crozet. No criminal activity is suspected, according to police spokesperson Carter Johnson.

“We’re coping with family and friends,” Shannon’s brother, John, says.

Shannon graduated from Western Albemarle High School in 2011 and took some classes at Piedmont Virginia Community College, before his brother says he stopped to focus on his love of cooking and art. He was working as a chef at Fardowners Restaurant in Crozet.

Aside from his love of cooking, his brother says he was an avid piano player and loved painting. He used these mediums to “share his unique view of the world with everyone,” and he “made it his life’s goal and passion to share his love of life and the beauty contained within it with everyone he met,” John Shannon says. “His loss has been deeply felt by family and friends.”

The funeral service will be held at 3pm Sunday, at Teague Funeral Home.

This article was updated at 8:05 a.m. September 5.