Louisiana resident Steven Weber Jr. came up with a unique way to propose to his girlfriend, but he never got to hear her answer to the big question.
Kenesha Antoine announced her boyfriend’s death through Facebook where she revealed their final moments together.
The two were taking a trip to Tanzania, Africa, and Weber decided to propose to Antoine by diving underwater and showing her a note in a plastic bag.
“There are no words adequate enough to honor the beautiful soul that is Steven Weber, Jr.,” Antoine wrote about her boyfriend. “You were kind, compassionate, you regularly made me cry with laughter, and you showered me with a love like none I’d ever experienced.”
“I can’t hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I love about you. But… Everything I love about you I love more every day,” Weber’s note read.
Antoine shared a video of Weber and he appears to be in a tank looking at her through glass. He can be seen in diving gear like flippers and an oxygen mask.
Weber flips the note over in the video to reveal the question: “Will you please be my wife. Marry me???”
Weber never got a chance to make it to the surface to hear Antoine’s answer. Antoine said through Facebook, however, that she would have said yes.
“You never emerged from those depths, so you never got to hear my answer, Yes! Yes! A million times, yes, I will marry you!!” she wrote.
“We never got to embrace and celebrate the beginning of the rest of our lives together, as the best day of our lives turned into the worst, in the cruelest twist of fate imaginable,” she added.
Antoine said she takes “solace” in the fact that she got to enjoy a “once in a lifetime” trip with her boyfriend.
“I will try to take solace in the fact that we enjoyed the most amazing bucket list experiences these past few days, and that we both were so happy and absolutely giddy with excitement in our final moments together,” she wrote.
“Yes, we were, my perfect love, my angel, my soul. Yes, we were, and I will carry the blessing of the love we shared with me forever. I will find you and marry you in the next lifetime, and the next, and the next, and the next… I love you so much, and I always will,” she continued.
Antoine even said Weber would find it easy to poke fun at his own death.
“I know that wherever in the universe Steven’s spirit now resides, that is exactly what he’s doing: giving love and spreading joy and laughter. And knowing him, always quick with an off-color joke, he’s probably entertaining someone with a story about how he royally screwed up that proposal and died while being extra,” she wrote.
Antoine was flooded with messages of support.
“I am extremely sad about this. Much prayer & condolences to all friends & families involved. Praying for your strength to endure this heartbreak & heartache. I know it won’t be easy but it will get better to deal with. Remain strong in this hour,” one Facebook user wrote.
Another responded by saying, “OMG! I ‘m so sorry for your loss! You will forever be in my prayers!”
“My deepest condolences for your unimaginable loss. Prayers are with you,” said another.
There were still plenty of others who took to Twitter to ask what was wrong with good old-fashioned bending the knee.
What was wrong with flowers and bended knee on dry land?
— IHC3006 (@enbloc30m1) September 21, 2019
The Social media generation will probably be the last ?♂️
— Jamie Aspin (@jamieaspin096) September 21, 2019
I want to feel sorry for him but if you’re putting yourself in obviously dangerous situations when you really don’t need to..you’re asking for it.
Must be awful for his partner and family though!
— Sam (@SamSCFC1) September 21, 2019
Next time he should think more carefully about where he proposes
— Sam (@sammufc99) September 21, 2019
— ButUneva2Busy4Dbirds? (@Uneva2busy4bir1) September 21, 2019
Others had plenty of questions.
Wait… “he never emerged from those depths”? So he just swam off after the ring and hasn’t been found?? I have so many questions ?
— Kris (@Krissykins1) September 21, 2019
? so many questions!
— Joanna Harze (@Jo_Harze) September 21, 2019
Doesn’t seem right to me
— Joe Mealing (@joewmealing) September 21, 2019
It’s not difficult to draw a connection between the death and video and recent disturbing attempts to get attention on social media. In today’s age where many people see more value in social media attention than actual money or professional accomplishments, there have been a string of stories about people going the extra mile to stand out on social media platforms.
There was the “influencer” who posted a picture with his underage girlfriend’s blood-drained body on Instagram.
Then there was stunt driver Olga Pronina who died in, you guessed it, a high speed crash.
Or how about the video of a puppy being used to polish a car?
On and on it goes. People’s need for attention on social media is showing no signs of slowing down.
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