BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Christian English had only known Braydon Hester for a short time.
"I've only known him for about three months, but he's one of the best friends I've ever had," said English.
The two met through mutual friends and instantly clicked.
"Everybody loved him and loved to be around him," said English. "He liked to go fishing, a lot. He really loved his son, that's for sure, and he liked to hang out with his friends."
According to Biloxi police, Hester was watching the Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade under the I-110 overpass when he suddenly fell from the pickup truck bed where he was standing. Hester was impaled by a piece of rebar in the ground.
"I mean, I broke down last night when I heard," said English. "But just seeing it where it happened, right there down the road from me, it hit me."
English wanted to re-visit the scene of the tragedy to see for himself where the accident happened.
"I just couldn't get peace not knowing what happened, and how it happened, and where it happened," said English.
For English, the GCCA parade is an annual tradition. However, the tragic death of his friend has ruined those good memories.
"I probably won't come back, probably won't come back, ever," said English.
Biloxi Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel released the following statement regarding the incident.