(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Riverton Police Department and the Fremont County Coroner’s office are investigating the shooting death of an 18-year-old Riverton High School senior, whose body was found yesterday afternoon along the Riverwalk adjacent to the Big Wind River. Coroner Ed McAuslan said the youth’s body will be taken to Loveland, Colo. Wednesday for autopsy. Riverton Police Captain Eric Murphy said the identity of the caucasian youth is not being released at this time, pending results of the investigation.
Riverton High School Principal John Griffith said the school’s crisis team met last night and again today to plan for the day.
“We have our own counselors and counselors from other schools throughout the district. We have mobilized the counselor’s at Laramie High School as well for our students at All State Music at LHS. We have our Media Center set up for students who are struggling with the news and need a place to gather to talk with counselors and each other. That will remain at least through the end of the day.” Griffith said in an email to County10.com. “We have staff who are designated to walk the halls, check bathrooms, escort students to the Media Center etc… to make sure our students are safe. These are tough days but it is going about as good as you can expect. We are fortunate to have a great staff in our district that cares about kids inside and outside of their buildings and we work together.”
|Nathan Daniel Hatfield|
|Nathan Daniel Hatfield, cherished and dearly loved son, brother, grandson, nephew, and cousin, died unexpectedly January 20, 2014. He was only 18.A viewing for Nathan will be held 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the Davis Funeral Home. Funeral services will be, 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 27 at the Fremont Center at the Fairgrounds. Everyone is invited to join the family for a reception at the Fremont Center immediately following the service. After the reception the family invites everyone to join them at the Roy Peck Riverton Raiders American Legion Field behind the college for a baseball game in Nathan’s memory. Please bring a baseball mitt to play or blankets to watch those who are playing.Memorials may be made to the Riverton High School Band Program or the Riverton Raiders American Legion Baseball Program in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main Street, Riverton, Wyoming 82501. An account has also been set up at Central Bank and Trust to reach out to help the family through this difficult time.
Nathan was born November 9, 1995 in Jackson, Wyoming. Nathan, a senior at Riverton High School, was involved in many sports and activities. He played football, tennis, and wrestled. But what he truly loved and where he shined the most were on the baseball field, whenever he had a tuba in his hands and on the recital stage. Nathan picked up a tuba for the first time in 6th grade, his band instructor Jason Bennett told everyone he was born to play the tuba. His love of music grew from there. He began dancing in 7th grade because he wanted to learn how to tap, however he soon discovered that modern dance was his passion. You couldn’t watch him dance without feeling what he felt and seeing what he saw.
Nathan had a contagious smile and a laugh as if it originated from his toes. He was a friend to anyone in need, had a gift of putting those around him first and making their burdens his own. It was commonplace for coaches to declare Nate “the most coachable kid they could ever have” and compliment his hard work on the football field, baseball field, and wrestling mat. Besides being a friend to anyone in need, Nathan was a fierce and devout teammate, someone you always wanted on your team. His aspiration for the future was to become a music therapist.
In his very, very, short life Nathan touched many people. Through this irreversible tragedy and in his eternal absence let his living example stand that we may all be a bit kinder and gentler… that we all aspire to be better friends, family and community members. Please, please know that a permanent solution to a short term problem is absolute and the ramifications are vast. Nate will constantly be missed and a hollow hole forever etched in our hearts. The world has lost a truly amazing young man and will be the poorer for it.
Nathan is survived by his mother Natasha Hatfield-Peck, his step father Kevin William Peck, his brother Avery James Hatfield, his sisters Keira Ann Jade Peck and Ellinore Margaret Peck, his grandparents Russell Edward Peck and Diann Virginia Peck, his father Adrian Scott Hatfield and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandmothers Margaret Millgate Dalley and Donna Robertson Hatfield, his grandfathers Leon Adus Dalley and Silas Dean Hatfield, and uncles James Lee Dalley and Ashley Hatfield.
On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at theDavisFuneralHome.com
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.
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