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Devastated Family to Appeal to Henderson City Council

HENDERSON, Nev. --  A Henderson boy who was hit and killed by a car while riding his bike to school will be laid to rest on Thursday.

The family of Nathaniel Miller is using their loss to lobby the city of Henderson to make streets safer for other students. The family feels tremendous pain, but they say, they want his death to have purpose so they'll appear in front of the Henderson City Council Tuesday night.

"That's my baby, yep that's him," said Kay Miller, Nathaniel's mother, as she looks at pictures of her son. She shuffles through snapshots of Nathaniel's greatest moments as she struggles to prepare for his funeral.

"God took him for a reason from me, I'm still trying to figure out what that reason is, I miss him everyday but if that means that I lost my son so another son or daughter gets to go to school, gets to graduate from high school, and see the joys that my son will never see, I'm ok."

The family wants to make the intersection where Nathaniel died safer. They're asking Henderson city leaders to partner with them to protect children. They say adding a street light at the corner, crossing guards at all junior highs and stretching the school zone all the way to the intersection is a start.

"Our children take their lives into their own hands everyday crossing those streets," said Alisha Abramson, Nathaniel's aunt.

"This is a tragedy that no family should ever have to go through," said Debbi Wythe, Nathaniel's aunt.

Nathaniel's school principal paid to outfit parent volunteers with crossing guard vests and signs out of his own pocket. But the city of Henderson forced them to stop because of liability issues.

"Quit worrying about the liability and start worrying about the children that are in this community, those are the kids we need to protect not their bottom lines," Abramson said.

Kay Miller's mission is to get parents and the public aware of their children's safety and to lobby city leaders to get them to listen before it's too late.

"We're trusting our kids are going to get to school ok and unfortunately Nathaniel didn't, and that's the worst phone call that anyone can get and I would never want that to happen to anyone else."

Nathaniel's funeral is on Thursday, May 6th at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the Henderson Convention Center.


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