It was an emotional first day back at school for students at Brockville Collegiate Institute after a fellow student died in a hit-and-run on Sunday.

Flags were at half mast in front of the school in memory of 16-year-old Aaron Stevenson, who died after being hit by a truck while skateboarding on County Road 2 near Brockville.

Two men have been charged with his death and appeared in court on Monday.

'It got pretty emotional,' says former classmate

Stevenson was supposed to start Grade 11 this week, instead the school held a special assembly Tuesday in his memory.

"It got pretty emotional," said Lily Banford who had known Stevenson since elementary school. 

"People didn't hold back tears, people pretty much let it out."

Ontario Provincial Police said Stevenson had been moved from the scene of the crash and found an hour later at another location, before being pronounced dead in hospital. 

"The thought of wanting to move him, I can't even imagine that, I would want to help him," said Banford.

Grief counsellors provided for students

Stevenson was remembered as a talented drummer and a strong athlete. He also volunteered at a seniors' home.

"He was really the type of person that I think all parents would want their children to be friends with," said Principal Bill Loshaw.

Grief counsellors are on hand at the high school to help students cope.

The two suspects are facing multiple charges including impaired driving, failure to remain at the scene of an accident and causing an indignity to a human body.

Both are due back in court Thursday.