Apr 13, 2011 11:09 PM by John Romero

Father of murder victim speaks out

It was the night of August 20th, 2008 when Jim Hughes received the call that would change his life forever. "I got the call minutes after he was stabbed." he explains, "When I got to his apartment there was every kind of police you could imagine all over. They wouldn't let me get to him."

Jim's son, 18 year old Nathan Hughes was clinging to life after he was robbed and stabbed in the neck at his apartment complex in west Colorado Springs. Doctors tried to save him, but it would be too little too late. "He lived 24 hours." says Hughes, "I got 24 hours."

Life hasn't been easy for Jim since his son's death. Jim says there's not a day that goes by without thought's of Nathan. Some days are a lot worse than others. "I'll have days when I'm angry or where I'm sad. I talk to him a lot." he explains.

At the same time, Jim is trying to turn his sorrow in to something positive. He now works with MOMY (Mothers of Murdered Youth), to act as a friend and mentor to other families who've had to bear the pain of losing a child. "To reach out to others to me is what I need to do. It's what I'm called to do and it's my responsibility to do." he says. It's not always easy to talk about, but Jim knows Nathan is never far away. "I think he's looking at me and guiding me." he says "I do."



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