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Family mourns Rego Park boy hit by LIRR train

Ari Kraft, 13, was allegedly graffiti tagging the walls of the LIRR tracks at approximately 5:40 p.m. Friday when an eastbound train heading to Huntington, L.I., hit him near 63rd Drive and Austin Street, a few blocks from his home, authorities said.

"Children can bring us the greatest joy, and children can bring us the greatest sadness," said Rabbi Albert Thaler, who spoke at the funeral. Kraft was buried in Montefiore Cemetery in St. Albans.

According to family friends, Kraft, the only son of a divorced Israeli immigrant, was heading home to sabbath dinner when the accident occurred.

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