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POLICE SAY MAN KILLED BY TRAIN WAS PLACED ON TRACKS AFTER FIGHT

A young man who was hit by a train and died after a bizarre incident Sunday at a music festival near Rochester had a fiancee and infant son in the Buffalo area.

Police said Randolph S. Markel, 18, of Lyons, was knocked unconscious during a quarrel with a man he ran into at the festival in Macedon, then was dragged onto nearby railroad tracks and killed by a passing freight train.

He was engaged to Kim Kirchmeyer, 20, of Cheektowaga, and was the father of her 18-month-old son, Brandon.

Ms. Kirchmeyer's sister, Terri Startek of Hamburg, said the two had seen each other earlier in the weekend.

"It's very disturbing," Ms. Startek said. "She's really taken it bad."

Markel's suspected assailant, Christopher Faeth, 30, of Palmyra, was charged with second-degree murder and was jailed without bail. Authorities were considering Tuesday whether to press capital charges that could result in a death-penalty trial.

Markel and Faeth were attending a two-day music festival in Macedon, 17 miles southeast of Rochester, when they got into a fight in a wooded area on the perimeter early Sunday, Wayne County Sheriff Richard Pisciotti said.

Faeth allegedly knocked out Markel with his fists and then dragged him some 30 feet and placed him unconscious on the tracks. A 70-car train traveling about 50 mph ran over Markel around 5:30 a.m., severing one leg and causing massive internal injuries.

Markel was pronounced dead at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Markel had gone to the festival with some friends. Authorities have not yet established that he knew Faeth, although "it doesn't seem like he did," the sheriff said.

Records show that Faeth was convicted of third-degree grand larceny in 1991 and sentenced to a year in jail.

Markel and Ms. Kirchmeyer met when Markel was visiting the Buffalo area, Ms. Startek said.

Ms. Startek said she has started a special bank account to benefit Markel's son and provide for his education. Donations for Brandon Michael Kirchmeyer can be given at any M&T Bank branch.

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