During the afternoon hours of August 23, 19-year-old groom Harley Joe Morgan and 20-year-old bride Rhiannon Boudreaux Morgan swapped vows and became husband and wife.
The young couple made their marriage official at the office of the justice of the peace in Orange, Texas. As CBSDFW reports, it was as the newlyweds were leaving the justice of the peace that they got into a car accident while pulling onto State Highway 87 around 3:00 p.m.
The couple was hit by a pickup truck that was “towing a trailer carrying a tractor.” According to reports, neither Joe or Rhiannon survived the car accident. The cause is still under investigation.
Kennia Lashawna Morgan, the groom’s mother, shared photos of her son’s and her daughter-in-law’s big day with KFDM.
"Those two babies. The only thing that they wanted was to get married and start their life. The two of them had so many…
Sadly, as Kennia told KFDM, she saw the accident take place:
“I was here and I watched it happen. I watched my baby die. I’m still wearing my son’s blood because I was trying my best to rip him and her out of the car.”
“I witnessed my own worst nightmare. That’s an image that will haunt me the rest of my life. I won’t forget it. It will never go away. I will see that truck hit my baby and kill my baby every night of my life, the rest of the time that I’m on earth.”
The grieving mom went on to say Joe and Rhiannon had a lot of dreams they wanted to make a reality:
“They had just gotten married. They haven’t even been married for five minutes. Those two babies. The only thing that they wanted was to get married and start their life. The two of them had so many dreams.”
According to Kennia, the couple had plans to hold a larger ceremony in the future. She said they had always dreamed of having a Christmas wedding. In fact, as Joe’s sister, Christina Fontenot, told KFDM they were planning to share their love with family and friends on December 20th.
Now, as the family tries to come to terms with their sudden losses, Kennia wants other families to hold their loved ones close, no matter the circumstances:
“Go home and hug your family tonight. If you have kids, go home and hug them, because now I don’t have my kid. I don’t have the one thing in my life that made me happy. Even if you’re mad, hug your family. Love your family. Even if they’ve made you mad, make amends. Don’t go to bed angry because you don’t know. You don’t know how fast you can lose that person.”