By Ahtra Elnashar
HARBOUR ISLAND, Bahamas (WXMI/CNN)– A young Michigan guy died hours after he asked his girlfriend’s family for consent to wed her.
Jonathan Brussow, 19, and his sweetheart, Athena Williams, 20, were vacationing in the Bahamas last Monday when a huge wave swept him away. The night before the 19-year-old’s terrible death, he sat down with Williams’ family to inquire a concern that would change their lives permanently.
“When we began dating he always told me, he stated, ‘Considering that the very first time I saw you, I understood I was gon na wed you,'” Williams told FOX 17.
Before the sun rose that next morning, Brussow went on a hike with Williams’ bro, Eric, and once again raised his plans.
While the 2 were walking, a substantial wave swept the boys into the water. Eric was able to grab onto a rock and get himself to shore. He had actually broken ribs and deeps cut, but still ran a mile to get help for Brussow prior to being carried to the hospital.
At 11 a.m., Williams got a message that her partner wasn’t with Eric.
“That’s pretty much when we understood that Jonathan was gone but we did not quit hope,” Williams stated. “We called every number possible. We called the embassy, the Nassau Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard, the regional cops enforcement. We did not stop making calls.”
Brussow’s moms and dads instantly flew to the island. Williams stated with help from locals, they looked for Brussow for days. There was a hurricane that hit the island, making their search tough. Still, she persisted.
Days later, Brussow’s body was found. Though her boyfriend is gone, Williams said his memory will survive on.
“He definitely enjoyed his life. He had no remorses. He had no complaints,” Williams said. “I have actually never, ever experienced or seen anyone love somebody so really like he actually enjoyed me. It simply blows me away, the individual he was. The individual he still is.”
She stated her household is now focusing on returning the assistance that was provided to them by local Bahamians.
The Williams and Brussow families are raising cash to set up a safety gadget on the Glass Window Bridge, near where Brussow got in the water. Williams stated this effort is specifically essential to Eric.
If you want to add to the families’ GoFundMe page, see gofundme.com/jb-com. The-CNN-Wire ™
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