RICHMOND - Relatives of a man struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Richmond last week are still reeling from the sudden loss, the man's uncle said Monday.

Michael Shumake, 37, was killed around 3:40 p.m. last Thursday when a Capitol Corridor train hit him, according to Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm.

The Contra Costa County coroner's office is treating the death as an accident, a coroner's deputy said.

"It just hasn't sunk in that he's no longer with us, it's unbelievable," said the Rev. Andre Shumake of Richmond, the victim's uncle.

Shumake said his nephew often crossed the train tracks on foot and knew the area well, making his death there even more shocking.

Michael Shumake had a 17-year-old daughter and was unemployed but had been searching for a job, his uncle said.

"He was a wonderful person, a quiet person who stayed to himself, he wasn't an in-your-face kind of guy...whatever he could do to help you he certainly would," the reverend said.



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