Teen makes ‘most heroic’ sacrifice to save girlfriend

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — Mickayla Friend and Mateus Moore stopped to pose for a picture, on their way to a school dance. It was their last photo together.

Just minutes after it was taken, a slow-moving train struck them both, killing Mateus.

“She had the love of a young man. He just sacrificed himself to save my daughter,” Mickayla’s mom, Sandy Friend said.

Mickayla is in ICU with serious injuries, including bleeding in the brain, broken bones, a liver split in half and internal bleeding from tears to other organs.

In-and-out of consciousness, she was able to share this with her mother.

“’I remember Mateus turning and looking back. And I turned and looked back. I remember him pushing me out of the way of the train’,” Sandy said.

Saturday night, from his Marysville home, Mateus’ father talked about his son.

“I’m just really proud of him and I know that if presented the opportunity, he would do it again, to save someone’s life. I know that he would. I love him. I’m going to miss him with all my heart,” Mateus’ dad, Marcus Moore said.

“Mateas saved my daughter’s life,” Sandy said. “The most heroic thing that any other human being can do on this Earth is save the person that they love.”

And it’s the love family has for each other, that will help them get through the difficult days ahead.

“She don’t know that Mateus is her angel now. We haven’t told her,” Sandy said.

But she is a fighter. And aside from her new guardian angel, she’s always had one looking after her.

“Mickayla is named after her brother. Her brother was kidnapped and murdered when he was eight years old in Yuba City,” Sandy added. “Mickayla was born a year later. She always had an angel on her side.”

9 comments

  • jenny

    Please define slow moving bc her injuries say she was hit pretty hard. Something has been left out of the story.

    • Clems

      This a syndicated column, I’d be surprised if anyone at WTVR even looked at it before it was posted.

    • Ryan

      Well you do know it’s a train. If it was moving fast, she wouldn’t be alive right now. Why they chose to be in there in the first place is stupid.

    • Mary Beth

      I don’t think it ever mentions anyone blaming the train driver (engineer). This is tragic all the way around. My sympathies go out to all the family and friends of all involved.

  • Joe

    This story is ridiculous. First off why are you walking on train tracks. Second I’m pretty sure a train is loud and visible enough to get out of the way in time and third let’s wait until the real story comes out before we call anyone a hero.

  • April

    FYI….This story has gone nationwide….the guy has been called a hero in each and every one. it’s a sad day when people can’t have compassion for parents who either lost their child or are standing over their child in critical conditioning with fear and hopes of survival…..just because the child made a poor CHILDLIKE choice to be on train tracks. It’s a good thing that none of us ever made any poor choices in our lives, right?!? Furthermore, this girl’s mom has been through enough to not need negative comments. The child they mentioned at the end of the story who died is Michael Lyons, an eight year old boy who was kidnapped on the way home from school, repeatedly raped, and stabbed 70-80 times while being tortured for at least 10 hours. …

  • Jay Bone

    So freaking what whether they heard the train or not…nobody else was there and even more so NOBODY SHOULD JUDGE!!!! I pray the Lord keeps these families wrapped in his arms and give them comfort.

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