Newlyweds’ crash tragedy: Mom pays tribute to ‘amazing young man’

2017-08-24 16:08
PHOTO: Facebook/Wendy Lourens Wesson

PHOTO: Facebook/Wendy Lourens Wesson

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“He had the most wonderful smile and he was so polite.” This is how Wendy Wesson describes her son, Austin – the 19-year-old killed in a horror crash the day after his wedding.

Austin, who was in the car with his bride, Rebekah, lost control of the 4x4 he was driving and smashed into a tree in Kansas in the US earlier in August. The young Capetonian was pronounced dead on the scene while Rebekah (also 19) died in hospital two days later.

The couple met in South Africa earlier this year while doing missionary work in Jeffreys Bay for Global Challenge Expeditions. They were working on a summer camp in the US at the time of the crash.

Austin, who was also a surf fanatic, was giving surf lessons to people with disabilities in Muizenberg before leaving for America to join Rebekah.

His mom and dad, Roger, flew to Kansas to lay their son to rest on 15 August. The grieving parents now have to find a way of picking up the pieces of their lives.

Austin was an energetic, adventurous, caring and lively human being, Wendy says. “He loved people and loved his little sister, Candace. He was truly caring to everyone he met and knew.”

Austin and Rebekah were planning to return to South Africa in three years’ time so he could be there to support his sister when she started high school.

“That's how much he cared,” Wendy says.

Austin travelled all over the world on missionary work, she adds.  “In the past year his heart was set on sharing the love of Jesus with family.”  

Austin was quite the social butterfly growing up, Wendy says, and would always ask her if he could have friends over. She recalls making him and his friends their favourite baked treats and food – at his request of course.

Everyone loved Austin, his heartbroken mom says. “We would always receive comments on what an amazing young man he was. No words can explain how much we will miss Austin and Rebekah.” 

Source: cozine memorial

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