Killed aged just 17
Anthony was a very special and genuine person, he was loving, caring, thoughtful and hardworking. He had an extremely humorous side to him - he loved to tell and play practical jokes. It was lovely to see a teenage lad with so much innocence and naivety.
He was desperate to pass his test and got himself a part time job whilst at college which he used to save and save his wages to buy his first car, his pride and joy and his access to independency.
He was the perfect son and brother who never let a day pass without saying ‘I love you’.
His friends have described him as the kindest, cheekiest and sweetest person whose smile always lit up a room and brightened and cheered up everyone’s day.
Anthony was born on 25th June 1989 making him 17 years old when he died.
He was killed around 1100 hours on Friday 17th November 2006 on the A439 Warwick Road, at Ingon, near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.
The death of Anthony has had a vast effect on the lives of everyone who had the pleasure to meet him. It is almost impossible to describe the devastation and hurt it has caused.
The loneliness and emptiness his death has left is immeasurable. The family home is now silent and missing that fun loving young teenager always shouting ‘mom’ or ‘dad’ because he wanted something. To see your parents break down and become a shell of who they once were as a result of losing a child is shattering. No parent should ever have to bury their children, there is no logic, no reason, no understanding.
His girlfriend Ebonnie and her family have also been deeply affected; their worlds also turned upside down- her life will never be the same after losing her first love.
It hurts to think we will never see him grow as a man, we will never see him in his Police uniform, never see him set up home or get married and be a father, all opportunities he could and should have had the choice to take, but now never will.
The words -WHY, WHY, WHY- are always going around our heads, why our Anthony- it never gets any easier, the void just gets bigger and bigger. Anthony is in our thoughts every second of every minute of every hour of every day- The hearts of our family will never stop aching for the lovely young man who was tragically taken from us.
The saying is correct that you really don’t know what you have until it has gone- and what we do know is that Anthony was our rock and now he has gone and we will never have the chance to tell him we love him ever again.