It was just after 3 p.m.
Cole Bogue was sitting at home when he heard a train come to a screeching halt, down the street.
"Thought the train derailed, I came outside trying to see what was going on," said Bogue. "Someone said somebody got hit by a train."
He soon realized the victim was one of his good friends from school.
"I really didn't want to think that it was him," said Bogue.
The 16-year-old victim was walking home on the tracks from Charlotte High School, where Bogue says he was a tenth grader.
He was hit by the train traveling northeast.
"Some individuals in the are pointed out where the victim was and then, of course, once the victim was located, we cordoned off the area and secured the scene," said Chief Bill Callahan of Charlotte Police.
Friends say the boy frequently walked along the tracks, after school, because it was the quickest way home. He was only a couple of blocks from his house when he was hit.
"He did that every day. Usually, there would be trains coming by and he would get out of the way," said Bogue. "It was usually just his commute to come home."
Bogue, still in shock hours after the accident, says he and the victim had been friends for about five years.
"He would joke around with you, he'd make sure you're okay if you're down and he was an overall nice guy," he said.
The train was stopped for several hours while the police investigation was conducted. The victim's body was found along Harris Street, near the New Hope Community Church.