Spirits are unmistakably low at the Jericho skate park in Daytona Beach without one of their own, 17-year- old Giovanni Gonzalez, who died after being struck by a train Monday night.
"I know he's got ties to the skate community all over the state so we lost a good skater and a part of our community," said Bob Langford, of the Jericho Skate Park and Youth Center.
The Richard Milburn Academy student was an avid skater and a regular at the skate park.
"It was sad like, at first I didn't know who it was, until I seen people posting pictures and then after I realized who it was it kind of like hit me, and it was sad, " said Chancey Vaughn, a fellow skater.
Police say Gonzalez was walking with his skateboard in hand Northbound on the train tracks near Wilder Boulevard when a train was coming Southbound just before 8:30 Monday night, police say the conductor blew the horn several times.
"It looks like the kid just waited until the last second to try to get out of the way and he didn't make it," said Jimmie Flynt of the Daytona Beach Police Department
Investigators say Gonzalez died on the way to the hospital -- now the close-knit community at the skate park is remembering Gonzalez as one of their favorite competitors, but mostly as a friend and fellow skater who will truly be missed.
"He was an awesome skater he was probably one of the top street skaters around here no doubt, what I remember about him was that he was always respectful," Langford said.
A vigil is also being planned for the teenager.