FORT WORTH, Texas -
A teenager was killed early Thursday morning after being hit by a train in Fort Worth.
Johnathan Martinez was walking near Interstate 20 and Wayside Avenue, which is near South Hills High School in the southern part of the city. He had his back to the train, police said.
The conductor told police he blew his horn and hit the brakes, but he couldn't stop in time.
Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene.
Friends of Martinez said he was smart, a good student. He usually walked along that street to get to school, they said.
"People couldn't breathe. They were crying. There was a lot of care. Counselors were in there. Everyone that knew him gathered in the library. We couldn't stand to see him gone. We still can't," said Korey Hasty, the victim's friend.
Police believe Martinez was wearing headphones because the conductor told them he didn't react to the sound of the horn.
"We would like to really encourage children not to ever walk on the railroad tracks and if you do for some reason, you have to be aware of your surroundings. And it's tragic if the young man was wearing his earphones and had his music so loud he couldn't hear a train," said Sgt. Raymond Bush with the Fort Worth Police Department.
Neighbors said they often see teenagers walking along the tracks.
Accident investigators will check the train's onboard data recorder and camera.
Students plan to remember Martinez at a memorial service Friday at 1 p.m.
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