The night that Nathan died was a turning point in the lives of everyone who was close to him. Some of us used the experience of his loss as a justification for our anger. But most of us realized that the anger is what caused the segregation which created our loss in the first place. Nathan was a different kind of person. He instinctively knew his value as a person and instinctively extended that value to everyone who was deserving of his affection and respect. Most of us have to learn what Nathan was born with. When I first met him in the 2nd grade, I knew it. I was too young to understand it and couldn't define it, but I knew and so do all of you who had the fortunate opportunity to know him as family/friends.
When I try to think about a single word that defines Nathan, the only word that comes to mind is Honor. If we are to live up to the standards which he exemplified and that so many of us were partial to, then we have to be honorable as well. Too me, Nathan's example of honor means that we must have peace in our hearts, live a happy and productive life, know our value as human beings and extend that to everyone we come in contact with. As for javier chavez, nature will take it's course and justice will be served whether our justice system prevails or not. Nature's justice system never fails.
Joyce, DJ, Lee, Connie, Lalo, Chris, Lydia, Anthony, Jessica, Erika and all of the unmentioned family and friends who've had to endure this loss; I love you all. After 16 years from the time that we all put Nathan to rest, it is time to put the pain, suffering and anger to rest. There is nothing that we can do to bring Nathan back, but there is something that we can do to keep him with us. It's called honor!