Monday, September 2, 2013
Family members say 15-year-old Nathan Dorl made a quick move as he fought off his mother's boyfriend, the man they believed killed her.
"We know without a doubt (Nathan) helped save his sister's life," family friend Angel Hallock said.
Even having just been stabbed in the neck during the altercation, they say Nathan grabbed his 11-year-old sister, Breanna, and locked her and himself in a bedroom. He then called police.
"He was always a hero in my eyes because I loved him but now he's a true hero in the eyes of a lot of other people," Hallock said.
Breanna was not hurt. Nathan was treated for the stab wound to his neck and released from a local hospital after the altercation Sunday morning at the home in the 1400 block of North Nixon in Derby.
The suspect, Charles Alfred Beck, was arrested Sunday night after turning himself into police in Missouri.
Hallock says given her son's close bond with Nathan, over the past five years he has become not only a hero but another son to her.
She says Thursday night they were all at Derby's Panther Stadium. They were happy and playing football.
But Sunday night, she and other family members say that happiness was replaced with heartache as Nathan and his sister began to face their new reality. A life somewhere far from Derby without their mother who police identified Monday as Lonnie Staggs, 44.
"Essentially you have an 11-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy starting their lives over from scratch in another state without their mother," Hallock said.
She says Breanna, a student at the Derby Sixth Grade Center, and Nathan, a freshman at Derby High School, have moved in with their grandparents who live in northern Oklahoma.
Hallock says it's her passion, her mission to make sure Nathan and his sister have what they need.
"I've hugged him, I've kissed him, I've told him I love him, but he needs more than that," Hallock said.
She says the children's elderly grandparents live on a fixed income so they have modest means to live on. They're now faced with not only finding the money to bury their daughter but to raise their grandchildren.
So, Hallock says, she has created a fund through Youcaring.com to help the family.
She says the family also needs donations of clothes and other items. Because the children's home was still a crime scene Sunday, they could not get anything out of the home before they traveled to Oklahoma.
Hallock says even if people can't donate items or money, she hopes they at least share this story to help stop domestic violence other families may be facing.
"I just want people to help," Hallock said.
Please find below a link to the fundraiser page or copy and paste the following URL into your browser: http://www.youcaring.com/prayfornathan.
You may also drop off donations at the Village Inn in Derby, where Lonnie Staggs was a long-time employee. The restaurant is located at 1200 N. Rock Road.
The other drop off location is The Roy Group at 144 N. Oliver in Wichita.