He considered going into the military. He thought about studying culinary arts. Many thought he would end up in his father's construction business.
But Robert Hunter III didn't do any of that. He drove an ATV over a 4-foot-high retaining wall.
He was a 16-year-old junior at Wheeling Park High School when he died.
"He had extremely huge brown eyes and long lashes a girl would envy," said his mother, Laura Hunter. "And he had a great smile. People say when he walked into a room, he lit it up."
Robby was compassionate and caring, a loyal friend, his mother said. "He was a free spirit. He enjoyed having a good time. He wasn't an angel."
So when she opened the door to the police that night, she wasn't alarmed. "I joked with them, like, 'Well, what has he done now?' Then they told us he had passed."
He died close to midnight on a Saturday — March 13, 1999. "My other son was in a basketball tournament. We got home about 8:30 or 9. Robby had just been hanging out at home. About 10, he left with two other kids to watch a wrestling show at a friend's house."
The friend's father had an ATV. "Robby had been on it before, riding residential streets with no helmet. If he'd worn a helmet, he'd be alive today."
Nearly 800 kids attended his funeral. He wore khaki cords and a sweater, something he wore when he dressed up. Under the sweater, he wore a muscle shirt. "We had to make sure he had on a sleeveless undershirt. He liked those."