Friends and family members gathered at a vigil in South Los Angeles Tuesday night to remember Michael Myvett and his fiancée Mattison Hayward who died while chaperoning high school students on a trip to their Alma-mater Humboldt State University.
“He was a great role model to me and my younger brother and he gave us motivation to stay in school and not gang bang,” said brother Bill Kirpatrick.
Kirpatrick wants to follow in his older brother’s footsteps by attending Humboldt and was supposed to be on that ill-fated bus last Thursday.
“I decided at the last minute that my grandmother was sick and I was thinking about my grandma,” Kirpatrick said.
Kirpatrick’s grandmother raised the boys.
She told KTLA that Myvett and Hayward met at Humboldt and fell madly in love.
The couple got engaged at Christmas.
“He’d saved up for two years to fly Madison to Paris to propose in front of the Louvre,” grandmother Debra Loyd said. “He never ever loved someone like he loved her,” she said.
The couple also loved helping others.
Hayward was studying to be a surgeon while Myvett worked with children with autism.
KTLA’s Mary Beth McDade contributed to this story.