LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The families of an engaged couple killed in a fiery bus crash in Northern California unveiled a new memorial.
The plaque honoring Michael Myvett and Mattison Haywood and other victims was revealed Friday one-year after the deadly crash involving a FedEx truck and a charter bus in Orland.READ MORE: Hit-And-Run Crash Kills 14-Year-Old Boy Leaving Baseball Field In Apple Valley
The bus was transporting students from Los Angeles with Myvett and his fiancée, Haywood, serving as chaperones for the 44 students.
Nine people – including Myvett and Haywood – died in the crash, including the drivers of both vehicles and four students.
“The plaque is beautiful,” Debra Loyd, the grandmother of Myvett, said. “One day I’ll get a chance to see both of them.”
Loyd paid to have the plaque made with the victim’s names and has asked Metro to have it installed at Union Station since the buses departed there for the college tour.READ MORE: Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Gives Support For Calif. Measure That Would Use Online Sports Gambling To Fund Homeless Services
“Once the board has the request, then they’ll deliberate over it and decide,” Paul Gonzales, a Metro spokesperson, said.
“He was the first in our family to go to college,” Loyd said of Myvett.
Myvett’s family says he served as an inspiration for his younger brother, who was recently accepted to a university.
“Michael was the perfect example of growing up in South Central. Making it through the drugs. Making it through the gangs. And having two Masters degrees,” Dyke Redmond, a family member, said.MORE NEWS: At Least One Dead From Fatal Crash In West LA
Loyd hopes the plaque can serve as a message of inspiration that she feels ought to be set in stone.