Mother of football star killed by train opens up on Facebook Live

4-star recruit Bryce Gowdy set to play for Georgia Tech

The mother of Bryce Gowdy speaks about his death on Facebook Live. (WPLG)

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – A heartbroken mother opened up on Facebook Live after her son died Monday.

Bryce Gowdy, 17, was struck and killed by a freight train Monday morning.

He had been missing for several hours and his mother was frantic.

The four-star football recruit from Deerfield Beach High School was set to attend Georgia Tech in the spring.

Deerfield Beach head football coach Jevon Glenn said the teen was an IB student but also a big-time athlete, ranked one of the best wide receivers in the state.

Glenn said he knows Gowdy was dealing with a lot.

His family was homeless, living in a car.

Gowdy’s family also believes mental health issues played a role in the teen’s death. School officials had been helping, and coordinating with officials at Georgia Tech, which had more resources.

A candlelight vigil will be held for Gowdy at Deerfield Beach High School on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Andrew Perez is a South Florida native who joined the Local 10 News team in May 2014.