*We can all relate to this extremely sad story. How many times have we, in the midst of trying to get ready for company, said, “Oh I have to run to the store, I’ll be right back.” This is what Delonte Antwuan Tobe and his beautiful wife, Shalaya Moore-Tobe, said to family members before they dashed out for what they thought would be a quick run. The couple was excitedly preparing for guests over the Labor Day weekend.
But tragedy struck along the way when their car collided with another vehicle.
According to Prince George’s County police, the Tobe’s car had turned right onto Kirby Road from Tinkers Creek Drive around 2 p.m. on Sunday, when it was hit by another car that crossed the center line of Kirby Road. The second car was trying to pass two other cars that had slowed down on Kirby Road to let Tobe, 34, and Moore-Tobe, 31, turn onto the street, but the car crashed into the couple instead, police said.
“They said, ‘We’ll be right back in five minutes,’ ” Moore-Tobe’s mother, Virginia Moore, said. “They never came back.”
Now, as the family scrambles to make funeral arrangements and figure out the children’s care, a cousin speaks to the media. “We’re just trying to pick up the pieces and figure out what the next move is,” said Angelica Wells, Moore-Tobe’s cousin. “They were two great people, and they leave behind three great children.”
The couple met at a bank where Shalaya worked. Delonte, a regular customer at the bank, was very shy and afraid to speak to her. But he eventually gained the confidence to do so and the two went out on a date.
The rest is history, as the family says he quickly became a part of the family.
The couple married and a blended family was soon in the works. The two had one son together and a son and a daughter from previous relationships, the family said.
“They were stepparents to each other’s children, but they still treated each other’s child as if they were their own,” Wells said. “They were outstanding parents.”
The passing of this couple who, according to the outpouring of love from their personal and professional communities, reiterates how it seems the very best people are taken from us so soon.
As the family passed the crash site Tuesday, they saw a young man who they knew worked with Tobe was standing near the scene. He told the family about how Tobe had taken him under his wing personally and professionally, giving him pointers on how to manage finances and be a good husband.
“They were helpers and givers and angels,” Moore said of her daughter and son-in-law.
Source: Washington Post