HE MISSED HIS WIFE's CALL AND TEXT,NOW HE IS HAUNTED AS THAT WAS THE LAST TIME HE WOULD HEAR FROM HER
Often, when we are busy at work or doing something, we sometimes don't respond to texts or pick-up calls especially from people we talk to all the time.
One husband is in pain after missing his wife's final messages to him.
The husband of the sports reporter who tragically died in a Lousiana plane crash on Saturday is opening up about the anguish he is currently experiencing after missing his wife’s final messages.
Steven Ensminger Jr. told Sports Illustrated that his wife Carley McCord texted and called him that morning before the fatal flight but explained that he could not answer either message because he was at work.
Those messages would end up being his wife's last as the sports reporter, 30, was one of five victims who were killed in the crash near the Lafayette Regional Airport.
“I don’t have my phone and she sends me a message saying she loved me,” recalled the husband “I was in and out of a nightmare, not being able to tell what was real and what wasn’t.”
The loss was so traumatic for Ensminger Jr., 30, who works as a chemical operator at a Lousiana nitrogen facility, that his family members rushed him to the hospital, where he was given sedatives to cope with his physical and emotional heartbreak.
“I can remember laying in the hospital bed repeating myself saying it wasn’t real and then one of the hardest things I’m dealing with is that I missed her text and I missed her call,” he told Sports Illustrated, adding that he would have driven McCord to the game in Atlanta but he was unable to get off of work.
“It is by far the most pain, angst and terror and just darkest time of my life and I honestly don’t know how long it will last because I still don’t believe it,” Ensminger Jr. continued. “I don’t want to believe it.”
“These words are the hardest words I’ve ever had to speak. She will always be part of my life. I’m torn and struggling but I knew she would tell me to be strong,” he added. “I love her. I miss her so much it hurts. I wish she was here with me.”
“The one voice that got on the phone with me that was clear and strong and supportive and confident while I was laying in that bed was my dad right before he walked out for warm-ups,” he recalled. “I could barely speak.”
“I couldn’t hold myself together and he said, ‘Son, you will get through this, it’s what we do. We face the darkest times in our lives and it’s what we do, we get through it. And I will take care of you and I’ll be there for you to keep you strong. You’re my one and only son, and my namesake and I love you and I can promise you we will get through this,’ ” he added
McCord was born and raised in Baton Rouge, and was a graduate of Northwestern State University and Louisiana State University, according to WDSU. She was also the first runner-up in the Miss Louisiana competition in both 2011 and 2012 and auditioned for The Bachelor in 2013, reported the New York Times.
A spokesperson for the Lafayette Fire Department previously told PEOPLE that the plane was taking off from the airport, on its way to Atlanta, when it crashed around 9:20 a.m. on Saturday morning.
One person on board survived the crash and was taken to a local hospital, along with three bystanders who were injured.
The crash occurred in an “open field” next to a local post office, the spokesperson said, and caused two fires that were “quickly extinguished.” A cause for the crash has yet to be identified but no distress call was made by the plane before the crash, according to CNN.
Authorities in Lafayette identified the victims of the deadly crash as McCord, pilot Ian E. Biggs, 51, Robert Vaughn Crisp II, 59, Gretchen D. Vincent, 51, and Michael “Walker” Vincent, according to the Times.