The father of a 26-year-old Massachusetts man who was bitten by a shark off a Cape Cod beach and later died from his injuries has reacted to the heart wrenching news on social media.
In a few emotional posts written in Portugese and translated to English, Itamar Medici expresses the grief he feels about the death of his son, Arthur Medici.
“Son.... you left me! I don't want to live. Now nothing has meaning to me, for this god has taken the reason of my life and my tears are drying,” Itamar wrote on Facebook Sunday morning. “I was fighting to give you everything and now.... for who is going to stay what was being saving for you. I have no more desire for life because nothing else makes sense... I love you for all eternity!”
Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Tara Miltimore said Arthur, who lived in Revere, was attacked by a shark Saturday around noon off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet.
Joe Booth, a local fisherman and surfer, said he was on shore when he saw the man and his friend boogie boarding. He said he saw the man aggressively kick something behind him and a flicker of a tail from the water.
Booth realized what was happening when the friend came ashore dragging the injured man. He said some people attempted to make a tourniquet while others frantically called 911.
Arthur was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, but he succumbed to his injuries, as his femoral arteries were severed.
Just a few days after Arthur’s death, Itamar took to social media and posted several photos of his son smiling with loved ones. A few images show Arthur as a small child in his father’s arms.
“What a beautiful look between you guys!” one woman commented on a picture of Itamar with Arthur.
Itamar also said he wanted to ask for forgiveness for what he said in his previous post, as he feels he was speaking “against God.”
“I know he does not deserve it and my son would be very sad with my attitude.” Itamar wrote, in part.
Meanwhile, Arthur’s aunt said she told her nephew to stay away from Cape Cod waters, but that he laughed off her concerns.
Marisa Medici told the Boston Herald that every time she asked Arthur not to go to Cape Cod, he said, "The sharks don't bite me. I'm Superman."
Marisa also said her nephew was "handsome outside, inside, joyful," and the house was always full of his laughter.
Arthur’s death marks the state's first shark attack fatality since 1936, when 16-year-old Joseph Troy Jr. was bitten in waters off Mattapoisett.
Troy, of Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, was visiting an uncle and swimming about 50 feet offshore when the shark attacked.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)