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Prince George mother shares memories of teen son

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Marvin Massenburg Jr. Marvin Massenburg Jr.
PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) -

The mother of a Prince George High School senior who was killed while driving to school is speaking out for the first time.

Sharon Massenburg is distraught and desperate for answers over the death of her son, Marvin, Tuesday morning. She describes her son as a bright child who loved life.

Instead of planning Marvin's high school graduation she's is now planning his funeral.

"My son, I just want to thank god for having him for 17 years. Oh what a joy, what a joy to have him in my life. He touched a lot of lives," Sharon said with tears in her eyes.  "He was enjoying life and he didn't let nothing get him sad. Nothing."

Marvin made everyone smile. He played football as a junior, joined the Prince George High School band as a senior and wanted to attend the University of Virginia to study engineering.

"He was there for people when they needed him and he was the kind of person who didn't hold grudges. He wasn't bitter. He saw life and he took advantage of it," said his aunt, Deborah Massenburg.

Marvin died while driving to school on Courthouse Road. When he pulled over to let a police cruiser pass, his Honda Accord ran off the road and into a swamp. The car overturned in the water. The officer was responding to an alarm at the county administration building.  

The officer in the cruiser saw the accident, turned his car around, and tried to help Marvin but was unsuccessful, police said.

Loved ones say, they're hoping to get all of the details that led to Marvin's death.

"We're trying to understand this right now and we don't understand everything that happened," Deborah explained.

Sharon says it's hard to think about the last conversation she had with her son. It was right before she went to work.

"I said, 'I love you.' I always tell him 'I'm gone' and that was my last words. Next thing I knew he was gone," said Sharon. 

Loved ones question why there wasn't a guardrail along Courthouse Road near Bull Hill Road where the accident happened. They say Marvin was wearing a seatbelt and his cell phone was in his pocket, so he was not texting.

Arrangements for his funeral have not been finalized.

The superintendent of schools in Prince George says band members will wear a red ribbon on their uniforms for the rest of the season in memory of Marvin.

There will also be several tributes this Friday during a home football game.

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