MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — It has been a little more than a year since three Davidson High School students were involved in a crash with a WAVE transit bus.
One of the students died 7 months after the accident, and this week he will finally be laid to rest nearly a thousand miles from the crash site.
Anthony will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, his family got him special permission to be buried there, in his father’s plot. His father was a combat zone veteran and is an active duty Navy Master Chief who has served two theater campaign tours.
The crash happened on Michael Boulevard and Azalea Road on May 16, 2018. A cross still marks the spot, bearing 16-year-old Anthony LaFrenier’s name.
“Everything to do with you dying is hard,” said Beth Jones, Anthony’s mom.
A year ago, Jones got a call that no parent wants to receive.
“It gets a little bit easier but its it’s never going to be the same again,” said Jones.
Her son had been involved in an accident. Anthony was riding in the backseat of a fellow Davidson High School student’s car to get a soda while on a school break from school.
The car crashed with a WAVE bus. Anthony suffered a traumatic brain injury, shattered his pelvis, broke his back, and lacerated his kidney. But, was on the road to recovery, when he died suddenly in December, 7 months after the crash.
“It’s been hard, it’s felt a little incomplete like we don’t have any closure,” said Jones.
His family has been getting through the tragedy together. “One day at a time, trying not to think too much about it,” said Jones. She continued, “it really brought us together as a family. His dad and I have been divorced for 17 years, and we’ve all been really close through all of this.”
LaFrenier was an active member of Navy JROTC at Davidson and had planned to go into the Navy. His family got him special permission to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, in his father’s plot.
“We’re glad it worked out this way, that we’ll be there, that it’s Memorial Day,” said Jones. She continued, “I think Anthony would be really proud of that.”
A major honor for his family, and closure.
“He would be honored. If you knew Anthony, you knew how proud he was, how much he wanted to join the military, it’d be a big honor for him. So we’re proud that he’s going to be there,” said Beth Jones, Anthony’s mother.
Several people will be leaving Mobile to Arlington, Virginia, for his service on Wednesday.