Homer resident Lucas Wilcox was traveling on a train between the Ukrainian war zone and Turkey Wednesday night, switching gears from providing food relief to refugees of the Ukrainian war to feeding survivors of the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks that devastated Turkey and Syria earlier this month.
Last spring, when many Ukrainians were leaving the country, Lucas Wilcox was on his way in. Russia had invaded eastern Ukraine two months earlier. It was mid-April and the 40-year-old Homer resident was on a train traveling from Poland to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. Wilcox was traveling into the country with a mission.But what Wilcox didn’t know at the time, was that night on the train from Krakow to Lviv, the Ukrainian city would be hit by its largest missile strike yet.