NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Funeral services have been scheduled for a Long Island high school student who was killed trying to cross subway tracks in New York City.

Liam Armstrong of Nesconset died while celebrating his 18th birthday with friends Tuesday after being hit by a Bronx-bound, No. 2 express train.

He and his two friends were waiting for a train at the 79th Street station when
they realized they were on the wrong platform, police said. Instead of taking
the stairs, police said they attempted to run across the four tracks.

That’s when Armstrong was hit and crushed by the incoming train.

Armstrong was a senior at Smithtown High School East and a popular member of the lacrosse team.

He planned to join the Marine Corps after graduation. His father is a Nassau County police officer.

Visitation is set for Saturday at Moloney’s Hauppauge Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Nesconset.

Students held a candlelight vigil for Armstrong at the school on Wednesday.

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