Braxton Woods loved being with his family and riding in his brother's tricked-out car.
He died this week doing what he loved, and now his mother and older brother are remembering the bright and athletic boy.
"It's very difficult, very unexpected," Loretta Woods said about the loss of her son." I'm still in disbelief. It's hard to imagine (since he was just) 13 years old."
A student at the University Academy, he played basketball and participated in other school endeavors, his mother said. He loved to cook and he loved his older brother, 20-year-old Jacobe Woods, she said.
"He enjoyed his life. He enjoyed everything, and he enjoyed riding with his brother," she said. "They worked on cars. They loved cars and basketball. So he was where he loved to be."
The three had been at Bible study Wednesday night. Loretta Woods' two sons left together in Jacobe Woods' 1988 Mustang notch back, and both were wearing their seatbelts.
Police say speed was likely a factor in the crash, but 20-year-old Jacobe Woods says a blown tire caused him to lose control.
Jacobe Woods said the Mustang has a 347 stroker and a five-speed, stage 2 racing clutch. The initial police estimates are that the driver was going at least 40 mph in a 35-mph zone.
But Jacobe Woods insists he wasn't speeding when he crashed.
"They mistakenly thought I was speeding because the car was loud, the pipes, you know a $3,000 pipe," he said.
He said when the tire blew that he overcorrected and crashed into a pole. He said he did everything he could to protect his brother, but he later died from internal injuries.
The force of the impact ripped the car apart. Jacobe Woods broke a vertebrae and his tail bone.
He said he's not focusing on the physical pain, but the devastating loss of his only brother.
"My only little brother is gone," he said. "He loved his family, he loved his church and he was just a really good child."
The outpouring of support is helping mother and son cope with their loss.
"Just being surrounded by family. Our faith. Knowing that God doesn't make mistakes," Loretta Woods said. "You just have to accept that things happen for a reason."
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