In a tragic twist of fate, a young man died in a car crash on the way to be a pallbearer at his best friend’s funeral.
Malik Cooper, 20, was traveling home to Atlanta from Alabama’s Tuskegee University — where he was studying business — when the fatal one-car crash occurred.
He was planning to be a pallbearer for Marquez Montgomery, his 15-year-old best friend who was fatally shot last week, The Root reports.
“He was determined to get here to be a pallbearer, but unfortunately, accidents happened,” Cooper’s stepfather, Charles Grimes, said.
Cooper braved the wet roads to make it home for the services, but sadly, he never made it. Police said Cooper’s car left the road and flipped several times, and he was not wearing a seatbelt.
“It just hurt me to my heart like someone came and ripped my heart away,” Cooper’s mother, Bridget Grimes, told local reporters.
In the wake of his untimely death, Cooper’s family said they hope the tragedy will serve as a warning to other young adults about practicing safe driving habits.
“Slow down,” Charles Grimes said. “Put your seat belt on, get off that Facetime and trying to chat with your friends, and pay attention to the roads,” added Bridget Grimes.
Cooper’s friend, Marquez Montgomery, was shot by his cousin, Dontavious Montgomery, who has since been charged with murder, although his family claims the shooting was accidental.
Now, the two young friends will be reunited in the afterlife.
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