Michael Boldon's friends say he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time, after a Mazerati, whose driver had been shot, ran a red light and crashed into his taxi cab on the Vegas strip. It caused it to explode Thursday morning.
Boldon lived in Lansing for several years before moving to Las Vegas a year and a half ago. His former neighbors and close friends came together to comfort each other. Greg Hines knew him for about 15 years.
"He was just always a happy person. Always wanting to make someone else feel good," said Hines.
The dealership Boldon worked at has been closed for several years now. His former co-worker, Gale Benjamin, says they were very close.
"I was actually planning on seeing him in April," said Benjamin. "He was very well-liked. He made a very good name for himself. As far as going the extra step to really help people out."
As unfortunate as the situation may be, his friends say they knew he was enjoying his time in Las Vegas.
"I thought he had the perfect job being a taxi cab driver because he loved stories, he loved talking to people," said Sheryl Sloan.
6 News learned Boldon moved out to Vegas to seek employment and help take care of his elderly mother.
Two others were killed in the crash, including Boldon's female passenger and an aspiring rapper. Police are still searching for the suspects.