WILTON, Conn. It would have been Nick Parisot's 17th birthday on Tuesday.
Instead, three years after the Wilton teen died in a bizarre Friday the 13th incident in the woods just before his 14th birthday classified as a homicide by police and still an "open investigation" Nick's parents Kate Throckmorton and Rick Parisot spent the day in seclusion.
A group of women including Throckmorton's best friend, Esme Hoban, of Wilton are leading an effort to bring the person they believe responsible for Nick's death to justice. But that individual was just 11 at the time. His parents, Glenn and Barbara Knight, moved the family to Los Santos, Calif., and have refused to allow their son to speak to authorities. Parisot died June 13, 2008, driving a motorbike on trails behind Nod Hill when he struck a rope that was tied across the trail.
"It's been three years and the family deserves to have this case resolved," said Hoban, among a group of women Tuesday that set up a table at the Village Market to gather signatures for a petition and urge people to send emails to the state's attorney's office to pursue the case.
"I have known Kate my entire life," Hoban said. "It's time for something to be done to bring the family peace and justice." But the family wasn't at peace Tuesday. Hoban said she cooked them dinner and stayed only a short time. "Nick's birthday brings back a lot of painful memories," she said.
Some reminders, however, are meant to be visible. A six-foot stone cairn that Nick's father completed last year stood Tuesday with wilting red roses hanging atop. Parisot built the monument at the spot where the father and son last saw each other, at the top of open green hills, on private property at Millstone Road and Tito Place. Candle wax and red roses marked the monument Tuesday, the remains of a vigil held on the anniversary of Nick's death two weeks ago.
Julie Carney, a Wilton resident now leading a renewed effort to gain public support to resolve the case, said the new "Stand Up for Nick" campaign is prompting strong reaction. "We want the family to know the community is behind them and trying to help have the case resolved," said Carney, who only recently met Nick's mother. "When I read about the case it just broke my heart and I had to help."
Carney said anyone wanting to be involved with the "Stand Up for Nick" movement, should contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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