AIEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Playful yet serious, tough yet tender. Family members say that's what made Unique Murry, 21, unique.
"It hurts just to know that he's gone and I can't have him back," Adonte Murry, victim's brother, said through tears. "As much as he looked out for me, I, I don't know what to do."
Unique, whose family moved to Hawaii just a year ago, was killed when the car he was riding in crashed in Pupukea Sunday night.
His brother, Adonte Murry, 19, and adoptive brother, Micheal Wheeler, 18, were also passengers in the vehicle. They say their group was heading to the Waimea Bay area to set up camp and relax.
"Just wanted to have fun, to see how Hawaii was, see stuff that a lot of people or a lot of my family members never got to see," Adonte Murry said.
They didn't make it.
Now, Vickie Murry is haunted by the sight of her son lying at Wahiawa General Hospital.
"When I walked into the room to see him and kiss him for the last time, I can't get that out of my head," the victim's mother said.
"Unique was a big brother that I never had growing up," Wheeler said through tears. "He kind of like showed me the wrong that I was doing in my life and tried to change me into a better person."
Retired military police officer and former pastor Don Murry says his son was finishing up his high school credits through an adult education program, and talked about joining the military.
"That's what made me proud to see my son follow, you know, in my footsteps," the victim's father said.
Crash investigators suspect that the driver, Brittany Poole, 23, was intoxicated and speeding.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, and their faith to lean on, the Murrys say they will be able to forgive the driver.
"I can be thankful that my son was here, that he spent 21 years on the Earth as the joy of my life," Don Murry said.