Fredzania “Zanie” Thompson excelled in athletics while she was a student at Navasota High School, earning several athletic scholarships. She chose to attend Blinn College in Bryan, but the lure of a dream she’d had as a child was strong enough that she put her education on hold.
“She was more interested in modeling,” her mother, Hakamie Stevenson, said. “That’s definitely what she wanted to do. It’s what she had started to do the day she was deceased.”
Thompson was killed Friday in Navasota while posing for photos on a set of train tracks. Witnesses told investigators she was standing where two train tracks meet. Police said one set of tracks belonged to BNSF and the other to Union Pacific. Thomson was standing between the tracks and watching for an oncoming train from BNSF with her back turned toward an oncoming Union Pacific train. Witnesses said she tried to cross the Union Pacific tracks to avoid the BNSF train and was hit by the Union Pacific train.
Thompson’s fiance Darnell Chatman, 25, said she had been offered several modeling opportunities in the past, but had turned them down.According to Chatman, Thompson — who would have turned 20 on Monday — called him two weeks ago and was crying happy tears.”She said, ‘You’re going to be a dad again,’” he said.