Carly McCord’s grieving husband says his “world fell apart” when he received the devastating news of the sports reporter’s death in a plane crash.
Steven Ensminger Jr. said his aunt delivered him the news that his 30-year-old wife died en route to the Peach Bowl in Georgia, where his father was coaching the Louisiana State University Tigers, ABC News reported.
“My aunt Betty called and she told me I need to sit down right now and listen carefully,” Ensminger said. “And that’s when my world fell apart.”
McCord was one of five passengers killed aboard a small aircraft Saturday morning that went down in a parking lot in Lafayette, Louisiana, and erupted in flames, officials said.
Ensminger — who was working while his wife was on the doomed flight — said he has been struggling with accepting that he didn’t respond to McCord’s final text message to tell him that she loved him.
“It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing I think about when I finally fall asleep,” he told ABC News.
“Every once in a while throughout the day, I find myself grabbing my phone and sending a text to her phone replying, ‘I love you too.’ Now I don’t know if that’s crazy of me or not, but I’m praying she gets my message. And I wish there was a way she could let me know she has,” he said.
McCord’s funeral has been planned for Saturday at St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church in her hometown of Baton Rouge, the Advocate reported.
Her family has asked that mourners donate to a memorial scholarship fund in McCord’s name in lieu of flowers.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.