Mandy Weber Hoffman said her brother Stephen Weber had been planning the unique proposal for his girlfriend Kenesha Antoine for some time. “The trip had been planned for almost a year, and they were very much looking forward to it”, According to statements made by Mandy Weber Hoffman, the sister of the deceased, she said; “ We knew that he wanted to propose to her and he decided that this was the most wonderful time to do it. It was the trip of a lifetime, and he really wanted to surprise Kenesha with this proposal.”
Weber and Antoine had been staying in Pemba Island, in a wooden cabin with a bedroom submerged in the ocean off the east coast of Africa. Weber proposed by swimming underwater and holding a handwritten note against one of their bedroom windows, according to a video Antoine posted Friday on Facebook after the gory incident had happened on Thursday.
Weber placed a note inside a transparent plastic bag that 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! The note continued, “ Will you please be my WIFE”, Marry me???”
After the proposal, Antoine ran up to the top of the cabin to meet Weber and embrace him, but he never came back up to the surface. Antoine was unable to reach anyone at the resort where they were staying for help, so she ended up signalling some passing boats who came along. The people pulled Weber out of the water and tried to revive him but…
Antoine said this in a subsequent Facebook post after her ordeal in reply to Weber’s proposal:
Weber’s proposal- “ 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???”
Weber’s sister talks about her brother
Mandy Weber Hoffman said her brother was one of the most selfless persons she had ever known.
“ As you can imagine there’s been sibling rivalry all of our lives, but he never ceased to make me laugh. Every time he walked into a room he had an infectious smile and he has a sense of humour that is like no other”, she said. “ He’s a beautiful soul that we’re going to miss dearly.
Investigation in Tanzania
Awaiting results of the autopsy are anticipated to know the cause of death of Weber as the investigation continues. It has not been established yet how he died.
“ Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his girlfriend, families and friends impacted by this tragic accident”, said Matthew Saus, the resorts CEO.
“ We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance”, the State Department said.