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ROME, Ga. -- Family members visited the railroad crossing where 17-year-old Malik Cortez Johnson died early Sunday morning after playing a game of chicken with friends.

Johnson's uncle, Willie Heath Jr., spoke with 11Alive's Duffie Dixon Sunday afternoon.

Heath had a warning for other kids.

"To every kid out there who feels like they want to play on the track or want to do a dare, this is real. You don't play with them things," he said.

Johnson died at around 12:30 am. Police say he and friends were lying on the tracks and jumping off at the last minute as a train approached.

All the kids got off the tracks in time except Johnson.

Police don't believe anyone on the Norfolk Southern train did any improperly.



Johnson was a student at Rome Middle School.

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