It is a busy stretch of track through Northwest Indiana where all too often, locals try to cross on foot, even with a train bearing down.
Jaylen’s grandfather, James Harris said he was on “his way back to the library to play some games.”
Sunday morning, James came to the spot where his grandson was hit and killed– just a block from his home in East Chicago.
He and others who came to mourn Jaylen today say this section of track is dangerous.
“It’s been brought to the attention of the railroads,” James said, “I do believe they should have something for the kids– for all the kids who play on this block.”
Jalen Miller also sees the problem here– with no pedestrian crossing gates, many people take a chance.
“Jaylen and a few of his friends were coming from the library and they were trying to beat the train, Jalen said, “But he didn’t beat the train. He ended up getting hit by the train.”
He found Jaylen lying next to the tracks. “I checked his pulse. He was dead,” Jalen said.
Jaylen attended nearby Harrison Elementary School, he loved professional wrestling and playing with the other kids on his street.
“He was into sports and stuff. He wasn’t a bad kid. He was always at the library. It’s just messed up. How could a train just hit him like that.”
It’s a question that may find an answer in the future, as his family comes to grips with this death just days before Christmas.