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Services Scheduled for Sleepy Hollow Teen Killed by Train in Philipse Manor

by Rick Pezzullo

Owen Kelly

Owen Kelly (photo copyright Coffee Pond)

A 16-year-old Sleepy Hollow male was killed Monday afternoon after he was hit by a New York City-bound Metro-North train at the Philipse Manor station.

Owen Kelly, who resided  in the Sleepy Hollow Manor neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene after it appears he walked in front of the train on the platform, according to Meredith Daniels, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Daniels said there was no opportunity for the train conductor to avoid hitting Kelly, adding there was “no criminality” involved in the incident, which occurred about 2 p.m.

Kelly was a sophomore at Fordham Prep. He attended school in the Tarrytown School District through middle school.

“Yesterday the Sleepy Hollow community suffered a terrible loss.  We lost a former student who was part of our family through middle school,” the school district posted on its website. “We have assembled our Crisis Teams in each of our schools and implemented our Crisis Response Implementation Plan.  We are meeting with students this morning and throughout the day as needed.  Support staff will be available to provide continued support. Please join us in keeping this young man’s family in your thoughts and prayers”

Reverend Christopher Devron also sent out a statement that was posted by several online media outlets.

“The Fordham Prep community is profoundly saddened to acknowledge the passing of a member of its sophomore class,” Devron stated. “We are united in prayer and support for his family and friends and all the members of our community who mourn this terrible loss. Fordham Prep’s crisis team and counseling staff have developed a plan and resources to support our students.”

Kelly’s mother, Jen Kane Kelly, posted on Facebook that a celebration of Owen’s life would be held Thursday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pocantico Hills Fire Hall at 531 Bedford Road in Tarrytown. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Transfiguration Church.

“We are so grateful to get to read your stories about Owen. He was smart, funny, cute, and above all a kind, decent human. But he did all of that in an extraordinary way that touched us and leaves a hole that feels impossible to fill. We’re all better for having known him,” Mrs. Kelly stated.

“He knew he was loved. He was a happy boy. And I know he would have agreed with RJ Palacio here, “The best way to measure how much you’ve grown isn’t by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average– though those things are important, to be sure. It’s what you’ve done with your time, how you’ve chosen to spend your days, and whom you’ve touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success,” she stated.


  1. You should know that the Kelly family is like no other. A family that is involved in the community in too many ways to list. A family so giving,kind and beautiful that you want to be a part of them. The Boys have an effect on you that is like a drug of happiness. Causing you to smile the moment you see them. When I think of the name Kelly, I think real,kind,selfless,loving. I’m So Sorry so very sorry!!

  2. We mourn this great loss with you. As part of your extended Fordham family we pray for Owen & all your family.

  3. Dear Kelly Parents,

    I had the pleasure of seeing your son numerous times in school and to have him as a guest at our home. At each encounter I saw a happy, respectful and special boy full of life. He did a music jam in Ms. Massaro’s class on Lewis and Clark and then jammed in Rebecca’s song too. He had all the girls at Rebecca’s party telling him their problems and he was giving them all sage advice and his wisdom truly amazed me. I said to Owen when you grow up you should look into becoming a psychologist since you seem to objectively be able to solve everyone’s problems. Your son was so handsome and I wish someone could have said the right thing to him to make him change his actions but you can’t change the past. I couldn’t imagine anything like this happening in our community. Thank you for helping our children mourn for your son and you will need all of God’s strength to help you and your family get through especially the next two days and then each day after. You and your family are in our prayers and as for Owen, may he Rest in Peace. He touched so many lives and we will all miss him so much.

  4. Dear Jenny and family,

    We are so saddened by your loss. Although we never met Owen, he must have been much like the student I knew in Jenny, bright and curious and very intelligent. We cannot comprehend the depth of your loss, but we hold you in our hearts with deep love and concern.

    John and Candy Morgan

  5. Dear Kelly Family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I will keep a prayer in my heart for you and your beloved son. I hope your memories of Owen will lessen the pain on your most likely grief stricken heart.

  6. Shirley Froehlich

    My sincere condolences for your loss

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