Teen Who Was Planning to Propose to Girlfriend Dies After Being Swept Away by Wave

A Michigan teen died just hours after asking the family of his girlfriend for permission to marry her.

Jonathan Brussow, 19, and his girlfriend, Athena Williams, 20, were on vacation in the Bahamas last Monday when a huge wave swept him away, reports said. 

The night before the the teen’s unexpected death, he sat down with Williams’ family to ask them for permission to pop the question, Fox 17 reported.

“When we started dating he always told me, ‘Since the first time I saw you, I knew I was gonna marry you,'” Williams told the station.

The pair reportedly met during a bonfire the summer before starting high school and has been together since. 

The next morning, Brussow and Williams’ brother, Eric, went for a walk and a huge wave swept them into the water. Eric was reportedly able to grab onto a rock and get ashore, although he suffered broken ribs and deep cuts. 

Eric Williams reportedly ran a mile to get help before he was transported to a hospital. 

The search for Brussow, with the help of locals, lasted for days. A tropical storm on the island hampered the effort.

Brussow’s body was found several days later. 

“He absolutely loved his life,” Williams told the station. “He had no regrets. He had no complaints. I’ve never, ever experienced or seen anybody love somebody so genuinely like he actually loved me. It just blows me away, the person he was. The person he still is.”

The Williams and Brussow families are reportedly raising money to install a safety device on the Glass Window Bridge, near where Brussow entered the water. 

The family started a GoFundMe page to help with the effort.


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