"You never got to hear my answer," a distraught Kenesha Antoine wrote in her Facebook post. The couple had gone on a holiday to Tanzania when the tragedy happened.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on September 24, 2019. It has since been updated.
It was the happiest day in their lives and they were expecting the most beautiful phase of their life to start after that. But what happened next to this couple is heartbreaking.
Steven Weber Jr. and Kenesha Antoine were holidaying in Tanzania when he decided to surprise his girlfriend by proposing to her in the most unique way. They were staying in Pemba Island in a wooden cabin with a bedroom submerged in the ocean, according to WBRZ2. He went underwater and proposed marriage to her by holding a handwritten note on her bedroom window. However, he could never come back to hear her answer. Steven Weber from Louisiana, drowned during the proposal, leaving his girlfriend devastated, reports CNN.
The note, which Weber had placed inside a transparent plastic bag, read, "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! "Will you please be my WIFE," the note continued. "Marry me???"
Kenesha posted her answer on Facebook and it has left a million eyes wet, "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," Antoine continued.
"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."
Many Hoffman, Weber's sister, told CNN that they haven't reached out to the authorities yet because they are not fully aware of the other circumstances when he drowned. "We know he drowned but we don't know the circumstances surrounding that," she said. "He dove down to propose but never came up." She said her brother was "a selfless and very giving person."
"He had an infectious smile and the most beautiful eyes and he loved everybody around him and to say that everybody loved him is an understatement," she said.
She confirmed that her brother's body has not been returned to his home city Louisiana. "What we understand in a country like Tanzania, things shut down over the weekend so we have to wait until Monday to hear anything," she said.
The Manta Resort, where the couple was staying issued a statement grieving the loss, "Our sincerest condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with his girlfriend, families, and friends impacted by this tragic accident," said Matthew Saus, the resort's CEO.
The State Department confirmed that a US tourist died in Tanzania but gave no further details.
"We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance," the State Department said according to CNN.