Until late Saturday night, Ivette Perez was preparing for her son Isaiah’s graduation from Longwood High School in Middle Island next month.
Monday, Perez was thinking about his funeral after Isaiah was killed and two friends injured, one critically, over the weekend after their car slammed into a tree in Manorville.
“He was a great person, a good guy,” Ivette Perez, of Shirley,, said through tears, of her son, 17. “There have been hundreds of people walking in and out of here, some with candles lit up for him.”
Another mother, Tiffany Ramseur-Jamieson, sounded Monday as if she was losing hope her son, Tyrese — in critical condition at Stony Brook University Hospital since the crash — will pull out of a non-reponsive state.
She said her son was “not getting any better than he was since the accident. It’s just not looking good for him.”
The boy’s father, Gerard Jamieson, Monday made a simple plea.
“Pray for him,” Jamieson said of Tyrese Ramseur, a senior at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, and like his best friend Isaiah Perez, set to graduate in June.
“He needs support right now,” Jamieson said.
The teenagers were passengers in a 1995 Mitsubishi sedan driven by Edenilson Trejo, also 17, of Shirley, police said. Trejo lost control of the car shortly before 9 p.m., police said, and veered off westbound North Street near South Street and into the tree.
Trejo was in stable condition Monday at Stony Brook University Medical Center, a police spokeswoman said.
Isaiah Perez was pronounced dead at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue.
Ramseur-Jamieson said her son had just finished his shift at a Taco Bell restaurant in Shirley Saturday night. The three teenagers were friends, Ramseur-Jamieson said, although she didn’t know Trejo.
“They always picked him up,” said Perez, 52. “Isaiah and Tyrese were best friends — they were like brothers, and Tyrese was at my house almost every day.”
At Longwood High School, officials made grief counselors available Monday for students mourning the loss of Isaiah Perez. At William Floyd High School, administrators did the same for those holding out hope for Tyrese Ramseur’s recovery.
James Montalto, a spokesman for William Floyd, said Ramseur was a member of the school’s basketball team.
“He’s in our thoughts and prayers,” Montalto said.
Visitors to the Longwood Central School District website Monday read of Isaiah Perez’s death in a message posted by Superintendent Michael R. Lonergan.
“It is with heavy hearts that the Longwood School community mourns the loss of one of our students, Isaiah Perez, who passed away in a car accident late Saturday evening,” the message from Lonergan read.
Lonergan’s message added that the district’s crisis intervention team — including counselors and school psychologists — was available for students and staff.
“We are all grieving for the loss of a young life, and our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go to Isaiah’s family and friends,” Lonergan said.
Suffolk police said the cause of the crash remained under investigation Monday and detectives urged anyone with information to call the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752.