MURRAY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Hundreds of people attended her memorial service Monday morning and all of them were there to honor her and remember the many ways 15 year old Shariah Casper impacted their lives.
Shariah was hit and killed by a TRAX train last week on a test line at 3200 West and 8600 South. She was crossing the track to get ice cream with her cousin when the fatal accident happened.
Hundreds of Shariah’s friends and family members are grieving a life cut too soon. The memorabilia and mementos at Shariah’s memorial service show an outgoing, athletic, funny, free spirited teen who would do anything for people she loved. Shariah’s mother, Sharrill Cluff, says, “She was different than any other teenager. She was a fighter, she was loud, boisterous, fun, adventurous, the most amazing young lady and honestly she was my light and my super star.”
Shariah was a girl with a protective nature who always defending those who couldn't defend themselves. Cluff says, “She touched lives because those who bullied the disabled, the autistic, the downs syndrome, those who bullied those that didn't dress the way others expected teens to dress... Shariah would literally stand in between and take the fight for them.”
Shariah was a 15 year old with a soul full of wisdom and strength well beyond her years. Those who knew her say her life will not be lost in vain. Her mother says, “Shariah gave her life. It's summer, there's going to be kids all over that tack and there's not going to be one more death. Shariah will not allow it.”
ABC 4 followed up with UTA Monday. They remain in a safety stand down this week and expect to begin testing the Mid-Jordan line next Monday. They say they are doing a top to bottom safety review of this TRAX line and right now nothing is off the table in terms of what might be done to ramp up safety for pedestrians at this intersection. That TRAX is expected to open to the public in August once the testing is complete.