Marquis Cooper was his parents' pride and his sister's biggest fan. His daughter, Delaney, was the joy of his life, and his wife, Rebekah, says she misses his smile and gentle spirit.
In response to Nick's book, Rebekah issued the following statement: "The last morning I saw Marquis, I kissed him goodbye and told him I loved him, as I have for years. My family and I didn't get the chance to bring him home, to lay him to rest. I've heard conflicting reports stemming from Mr. Schuyler of what happened on the day Marquis, Corey and Will died, but never once heard or been told of my husband's last words, whether he spoke of Delaney and I. How is it that Mr. Schuyler has enough recollection and material to write a book, yet has never once sat down with our family to tell us how Marquis died?
"Marquis was not an inexperienced boater or a careless friend. He was a husband worth fighting for in life, and in his absence still today."
Nick says he understands where Rebekah is coming from. Although they've spoken since the tragedy, he says he never felt the time was right to tell her about Marquis' final moments. "More than anything in this world, I would love to tell her the story, and I've always wanted to tell her the story," he says. "I'm willing to do whatever it takes."
Oprah says this is a lesson everyone facing loss can learn from. "For everybody, there comes a moment when things need to be said and everybody always wants to know the answer to the question, 'Why?' ... Particularly when somebody dies or there's an awkward situation. You don't know what to say, so you end up saying nothing. And then that nothing ends up creating really bad feelings because somebody should have said something," she says. "If you can, just say, 'I don't know what to say.'"