Nathan Wesley Yellin
"Nate the Great"
5 Months Old

May 13, 1997 to October 25, 1997

Nate was a beautiful baby - perfectly shaped, perfectly healthy, and immediately alert. We knew right away that he was a combination of the best of both parents. What a bundle of charm! He had soft brown hair, big brown eyes, the cutest little nose, and a mouth like a tiny rosebud. When he learned to smile, it spread like sunshine between dimpled cheeks.

One of the most unique things about Nate's early months was his ability to carry on a "conversation." At nearly four months, he began making fluent, alternative sounds in response to adult voices, as if he were truly "talking." He made profound eye contact, used inflection, and made appropriate facial expressions. It was an out-of-the-ordinary development for one so young.

Nate had every chance to become a remarkable, contributing member of society. Had he lived, Nate would have had opportunities that most only dream of. He would have received all the love, guidance, and moral character of two wonderful parents. Like them, he probably would have committed himself to caring, sharing, and to helping others. His potential was limitless.

On October 25, 1997, in the wee hours of the morning, while safely strapped in his carseat, Nate was killed in a sudden, cruel, senseless moment when a drunk drive crashed into the car. His father, Larry; his mother, Robin; and his aunt, Nancy were all killed.

Eriberto Vargas was convicted of 4 counts of DUI, manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene. He is currently awaiting sentencing.

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Nathan Yellin