The first time this man met his groomsman was at his wedding, despite a 15-year-long friendship

November 28, 2017 3:37 pm Last Updated: December 1, 2017 2:27 am

Did your parents ever warn you about talking to strangers online? Now it seems like everyone has at least one person they can point to and say they met online.

For Charles Powell there are a number of people who have become so close that they’re like members of his family.

When Powell was a teenager in 2003, like many teenagers, he spent a lot of time playing Xbox. One day while playing he came across another player in the game and the two struck up a conversation. And as the saying goes, the rest is history!

Powell spent a lot of time playing Xbox and talking to other players through the gaming system.

“We just happened to walk by each other and I asked him for an item,” Powell told BuzzFeed.

The player Powell started talking to was Joe Walters from Detroit. Walters introduced Powell to William Brown from Nashville and the three eventually came across Joey Morris from Baltimore.

The group of teens spent a lot of time playing Xbox and getting to know each other. They eventually became friends with each other on Myspace and then Facebook—but never actually met in person.

“I would come home from school and they would be online and I would be online,” Powell told BuzzFeed. “We just liked the same things.”

For 15 years the group of friends communicated with each other on a daily basis.

After roughly 15 years of friendship, Powell thought the perfect time for everyone to finally meet in person would be at his wedding. Ironically enough he met his wife Myra online as well—the two met on OKCupid.

Prior to Powell’s wedding, the group had never been able to meet face to face.

“Every part of my life they were there,” Powell said.

And he knew he wanted Brown, Morris, and Walters to be a part of his wedding too. Despite never meeting Morris in real life, Powell asked his online friend to be one of his groomsmen.

“I could trust him to show up,” Powell told Metro.

Everyone finally met in person before Powell’s wedding.

Powell said his wife treated Morris as if he was family. While they had never met she was used to seeing pictures of him on Facebook and hearing Powell talk with him for the past four years.

“It was amazing,” the 28-year-old told Metro. “After talking to people for so long and not knowing what to expect everyone seemed a little nervous at first but as the time went on it was like they were close family.”

Hopefully it won’t be another 15 years before this group of friends reunite.

Powell told Metro that the group of friends still communicate, although the days of talking through Xbox and Myspace are long gone. Today they chat on WhatsApp and PS4.