Written by Brandon Yung
Online Managing Editor
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At 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, a woman stepped onto the Metro Gold Line tracks in South Pasadena before a southbound train, resulting in a fatal collision. The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office confirmed yesterday the identity of the woman and ruled the incident as a suicide. The death marked the second suicide that has occurred on a Gold Line track in South Pasadena.
The coroner’s office identified the woman as Chloe Plotnikov, a 21-year-old South Pasadena resident and former South Pasadena High School student who attended in 2013.
Photography and visual arts teacher Rouzanna Berberian remembers Plotnikov as a talented artist. Working alone, Plotnikov produced work expressive of her passion for creativity. On the wall in the art room hangs a color wheel arranged into the shapes of a chess board and pieces that the former student made. Berberian used Plotnikov’s work as examples for her students for years after Plotnikov left the pieces in class.
“She always had a good smile on her face,” Berberian said, remembering the girl in her art class.
Plotnikov’s family has since been contacted, according to South Pasadena Watch Commander Craig Phillips. Teachers and counselors who knew Plotnikov mourn her loss, recalling her positive presence and involvement in Tiger Links, a program that helped acquaint underclassmen with life at the high school.